Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, is the only women 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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Plaques blaming Indira, Rajiv for 1984 riots at Delhi memorial

The plaques read: “Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, in a self-styled dictatorial manner, ordered the Operation Blue Star

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No comparison between Modi and Indira: Sonia Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi emphasised that Indira Gandhi was devoted to secularism and treated all Indians as equals.

I learnt about India, its culture, values from Indira Gandhi: Sonia Gandhi

The Congress President and vice-president Rahul Gandhi today paid tributes to Indira Gandhi

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Would need rebirths to tell Indira’s story: Congress president Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi paid her tributes to the former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary.

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June 11, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Swaran Singh Panel

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told the Soviet Union that nonaligned India “will be with you in the quest for peace”.

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June 3, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Sanjay For USSR

Sanjay Gandhi was set to visit Tashkent.

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Sonia Gandhi writes to Modi, wants PM Awas Yojna renamed after Indira Gandhi

Sonia brought the resolution in a meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee she chaired in Rae Bareli, her Lok Sabha constituency.

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May 30, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Amend Constitution

One of these changes goes in favour of the states, which will continue to have agriculture in their sphere of activity.

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No politics, says Sonia at Indira book launch

No one expected Sonia to answer political questions. It was a cryptic “no comment” to political questions.

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May 11, 1976, Forty Years Ago: India-Iran dialogue

Indira Gandhi said India sought friendship with all nations, especially its neighbours.

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May 10, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Legal Changes

H.R. Gokhale affirmed that whatever amendments were decided upon, the democratic structure would not be abandoned.

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Book Review: ‘The Unseen Indira Gandhi’ is full of anecdotes

Indira Gandhi’s personal physician recollects her cool composure under pressure and her evolution into a leader.

Forty Years Ago: India defeats Windies

A look at the Indian Express front page on April 13, 1976

Forty Years Ago: Crackdown In China

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi called on Central and state publicity agencies to work for strengthening the foundations of the nation.

Inside Track: Amit Shah an admirer of Indira Gandhi?

Also read how the Congress party almost lost its war room – 15, Gurdwara Rakabganj Road.