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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 1:51 pm
indira gandhi, sonia gandhi, sonia indira gandhi, indira gandhi birth anniversary, sonia gandhi congress president, congress indira gandhi birthday celebrations, india news Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday pay tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 100th birth anniversary at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

While paying tributes to Indira Gandhi on her 100th birth anniversary, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that she would have to take rebirths to speak about the entire legacy of the former prime minister.

“I would need a couple of rebirths to tell the whole story of Indira Gandhi,” she told ANI. Along with Sonia, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too paid his respects to Indira. “Remembering Indiraji:a warrior, a revolutionary, a woman of conviction, compassion & sacrifice. My grandmother, my friend, my ever guiding light,” he had said in a tweet.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari also paid their tributes to Indira, India’s only woman prime minister till date.  A speech of Indira Gandhi, in which she spoke about the responsibilities in maintaining unity and integrity of the nation as well as protecting the girl child, was also played during the programme at the AICC headquarters. Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Motilal Bora, Anand Sharma, Randeep Surjewala and others attended the function.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her. “Tributes to former Prime Minster Smt Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary,” he tweeted.

Born on November 19, 1917 in Allahabad, Indira had been the only child of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms from January 1966 to March 1977 and a fourth term from January 14, 1980 until she was assassinated on October 31, 1984.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:48 am
    Continue to take rebirths to overcome all the paaps done by looting the country and keeping the people of India poor and hungry.
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      Dipak chaudhari
      Nov 19, 2016 at 11:16 am
      Congress owned media
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        Spot Nana
        Nov 19, 2016 at 10:48 am
        Oh really ? But we are told that there is no concept of rebirth in Christianity...No Uloo banaaing..
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          Rathna LK
          Nov 19, 2016 at 11:46 am
          We are fortunate to have her as First woman Prime Minister of India.
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            romi
            Nov 19, 2016 at 10:34 am
            we all know how close you were to yr mother in law lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;enough of crocodile tears
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              Dr Kanayalal
              Nov 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm
              Indira hi’s long journey as First lady, isting her father and interacting at the highest levels started in 1947. This allowed her to understand internal and external realities of India first-hand and gave her an opportunity to get to know emerging world leaders who were broaching the idea of Non-Alignment in the face of the existing power blocks.lt;br/gt;In 1959, she took leadership of the Congress Party. Upon her father’s death in 1964,lt;br/gt;Lal Bahadur Shastri was appointed as the Prime Minister of India and Indira hi was given the post of Minister of Information and Broadcasting, which she held till 1973. However the death of Prime Minister Shastri in 1964, resulted in her becoming the General Secretary of the Indian National Congress Party and by consutional provision, the Prime Minister, in that year itself. Thus she became the first woman to occupy such an important post, within merely nineteen years of independence.lt;br/gt;She exercised office as President of the Congress and Prime Minister of India forlt;br/gt;fifteen years, from 19th January 1966 to 24th March 1977 and for a second term fromlt;br/gt;14th January 1980 to 31st October 1984, the day on which she was inated by her Sikh security guards.
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                sonu
                Nov 19, 2016 at 10:55 am
                chornia hi
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                  sonu
                  Nov 19, 2016 at 10:06 am
                  in next birth u will not be allowed to enter india... take ur beta beti and thug damad to the country wherever u r trying to take rebirth
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