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Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, is the only woman who served as the Prime Minister of India. Born in the political family, she was the second longest serving Prime Minister of the country after her father. She was appointed the President of Congress party in 1959 and also served as her father's personal assistant from 1947 till 1964. After Nehru's death in 1964, she served as a Cabinet minister under Lal Bahadur Shastri's leadership but later became Prime Minister of the country in 1966 after Shastri's sudden death. From 1966 to 1977, she was able to retain the position but lost after an emergency was imposed by her in 1975 leading to a national discontent and countrywide protests. She returned to power in 1980 and during this time she ordered storming of Sikh Holy Shrine Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar and was assasinated on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards. Violence erupted in several parts of the country after her death in which Sikhs were killed by angry protesters. She was known for her strong personality and also went to war with Pakistan supporting the Independence Movement in East Pakistan leading to formation of Bangladesh. In 1999, Indira Gandhi was named 'Woman of the Millennium' by a BBC poll.
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Forty Years Ago, February 10, 1978 — PM as Sevak: Desai

Prime Minister Morarji Desai said he was determined to effect a thorough change in administration so that “the rulers become real servants of the people”.

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January 31, 1978, Forty Years Ago

The summons issued to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, P K Jain, for her appearance on February 9 in the court in connection with the two complaints filed by the Shah Commission, have been served on her.

January 24, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Indira’s Apology

Addressing a large public meeting in Yavatmal (Maharashtra), Mrs Gandhi said even if others, who were responsible for the mistakes and excesses were not willing to own up, she would own the responsibility for those mistakes as well.

T.V Rajeswar (1926-2018): Officer who reported Emergency excesses but won Indira Gandhi’s trust

Rajeswar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2012. He is survived by a son and a daughter, Sujatha Singh, a former IFS officer.

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Vidya Balan to play former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Tumhari Sulu actor Vidya Balan is all set to play the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a project based on journalist-author Sagarika Ghose’s book “Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister.”

January 6, 1978, Forty Years Ago; Carter To JP

In his letter to JP, he expressed the opinion that JP’s “wise counsel and statesmanship have contributed not only to India but to the freedom-loving people of all countries”

December 28, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Within hours of the statement, seven pro-Indira leaders — Kamlapati Tripathi, Syed Mir Kasim, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Veerendra Varma, Buta Singh, A.P. Sharma and Maragatham Chandrasekhar — resigned from the Congress Working Committee in protest against Devraj Urs’s suspension.

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SAD documentary silent on Bhindranwale, blames Indira Gandhi

In the documentary, Jo Larey Deen ke Het, Parkash Singh Badal gets a certificate as the “most acceptable Sikh leader for Hindus” and Indira Gandhi is accused of hatching a conspiracy to attack the Golden Temple because of her hatred of Sikhs who did not support the Emergency

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December 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: MISA scrapped

After months of dilly-dallying over the issue, the Cabinet is believed to have come to the conclusion that the government must live up to the ruling party’s election promise of scrapping MISA which was enacted by Mrs Gandhi’s regime

The Indira we must not forget

On her birth centenary, it is important to remember the dark period of constitutional history she presided over.

Forty Years Ago, December 8, 1977: New Law Panel Chief

Besides the chairman, the commission will consist of two other members, but they will be appointed in consultation with Justice Khanna after he formally assumes office.

November 28, 1977, Forty Years Ago; Warning to Indira

This step will be necessary if she refuses to honour any summons that the Shah Commission is forced to issue, he added while addressing a public meeting in Bombay.

December 4, 1977, Forty Years Ago; Shah panel Boycott

In separate letters to the Commission, the former defence minister and the former additional private secretary to Mrs Gandhi, said they feel no useful purpose will be served by their presence at the hearings.

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Out of my mind: Tyrants and heroes

Indira Gandhi was also a hero who became a villain when, for the one and only time in the history of independent India, she established a constitutional dictatorship.

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Across the aisle: She put the poor on the agenda

The people should never let any government forget that nearly 22 per cent of India’s population is still poor and they also have the right to a life of dignity — a truth that Indira Gandhi had acknowledged and defended in her lifetime.