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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Indira Gandhi didn't need quota to prove herself: Nitin Gadkari

The senior BJP leader said he was not opposed to women's reservation, but was against politics based on caste and religion.

October 10, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Sabotaged Arrest

Deshmukh said that these crimes were more serious than the alleged corruption by her and her party caucus. He ridiculed the “fantastic” report about a plot to assassinate Mrs Gandhi.

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Forty Years Ago: October 28, 1977

India had cordial relations with all countries and the Soviet leaders understood this. Asked about the Soviet reaction to India’s improvement of relations with China, Morarji Desai said talks in this regard will have to take place between India and China.

Forty Years Ago, November 3, 1977: Emergency power-cut

Kishan Chand himself deposed that Indira Gandhi was present at the meeting, held at her house, when the orders were given to disconnect the electric supply to all newspapers in Delhi.

Forty Years Ago, November 2, 1977: Shukla before Shah

Romesh Thapar, editor of Seminar, the magazine forced to close down during the Emergency, was critical of the government’s brutal application of censorship when he appeared before the Shah Commission, but also lambasted journalists for not standing up for press freedom the Emergency.

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US set aside its nuclear proliferation concerns of Pakistan for support in Afghanistan

The voluminous document indicates that both Zia and Deng successfully convinced the then Carter administration that India under former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi would be pro-Soviet.

December 21, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Skyjack for Indira

'One passenger, S K Sodhi, jumped out from the back of the plane and breathlessly conveyed to the waiting authorities the skyjackers’ demand that Congress (I) leader Indira Gandhi be released from jail unconditionally,' the Indian Express had reported.

November 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Summons to Indira Gandhi

The Shah Commission was officially stated that in the absence of any such intimation for which no time limit has been fixed by the commission, it is presumed that Mrs Gandhi will present herself for examination

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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Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary: Rare photos of the ‘Iron Lady’

Today marks the 101st birth anniversary of India’s first and only female prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran R K Dhawan passes away

Veteran Congress leader Rajinder Kumar Dhawan who was a close aide of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi breathed his last at B L Kapur hospital on Monday.

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A look at Time magazine's most iconic covers featuring women

The Time magazine in 2017 chose a bunch of brave women, those who had spoken up against sexual harassment as the Person of the Year. Here's a look at some similar iconic covers of the magazine featuring women.

Indira Gandhi 100th birth anniversary: Some of the Iron Lady's inspiring quotes

Daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi occupied the central figure in the Indian National Congress and was known for her daunting spirit and grit. Although her tenure as the prime minister of India was riddled with controversy and did have political upheavals, she is popularly considered as one of the dynamic leaders India has seen.

Indira Gandhi birth centenary: Rahul, Pranab Mukherjee, Manmohan Singh pay tribute to former PM

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paid floral tribute to his grandmother and former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her Birth centenary. Indira Gandhi was born on November 19, 1917 and went on to become the only woman Prime Minister India has seen. She was the second longest serving Prime Minister of the country after her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

On Indira Gandhi's birth centenary, here are some rare photographs that you wouldn't have seen

On Indira Gandhi's birth centenary, we've dug out some old images from the Indian Express archives in memoriam.

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Congress remembers Indira Gandhi on 33rd death anniversary, leaders pay tribute; see photos

Indira Gandhi was appointed the President of Congress party in 1959 and served as the Prime Minister of the country from 1966 to 1977.

India remembers Sardar Patel, Indira Gandhi; Narendra Modi calls for national unity

October 31 marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and the death of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Today in pics: Sonia, Advani join other MPs during floral tributes to Indira Gandhi

Parliamentarians pay tribute to the former prime minister Indira Gandhi on the occasion of her 97th birth anniversary on Wednesday.

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Priyanka Gandhi takes a political Plunge, appointed Congress in-charge of UP East

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress Wednesday appointed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as general secretary of Uttar Pradesh East. She will take charge in the second week of February.

Rare pictures: Protests at the Boat Club

Take a look at some of the candid pictures of protests at Boat Club in Delhi . This is part of a weekly photo series where we bring you some unguarded moments captured over the years by The Indian Express photographers’ network.

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Congress exposed by its alliance partner: BJP

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Congress after a report published on the Bihar Government's official website said former prime minister Indira Gandhi's regime was worse than the British raj. The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) National secretary Shrikant Sharma on Monday said the grand old party now stands exposed at the hands of its alliance partner.

Congress exposed by its alliance partner: BJP

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Congress after a report published on the Bihar Government's official website said former prime minister Indira Gandhi's regime was worse than the British raj. The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) National secretary Shrikant Sharma on Monday said the grand old party now stands exposed at the hands of its alliance partner.

Congress exposed by its alliance partner: BJP

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Congress after a report published on the Bihar Government's official website said former prime minister Indira Gandhi's regime was worse than the British raj. The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) National secretary Shrikant Sharma on Monday said the grand old party now stands exposed at the hands of its alliance partner.

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