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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.

INDIRA GANDHI NEWS

Forty Years Ago, September 5, 1980: Warning By Indira

September 04, 2020 11:18 pm

She called on the big powers which she had “great responsibilities” to turn away from the “pursuit of power which in any case is illusory and return to the negotiating table”.

Forty Years Ago, August 31, 1980: Fiscal Discipline

August 31, 2020 12:08 am

Calling for strict fiscal discipline, PM Indira Gandhi said wasteful expenditure has to be controlled.

SYL row saga of traitors & political traders, says author of new book

August 27, 2020 12:36 pm

This is second book by Singh, who is a journalist and columnist with career spanning more than four decades.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot launches Indira Rasoi Yojana

August 21, 2020 1:36 am

Scheme aims to provide nutritious meals to the poor at Rs 8 per plate.

Don't take voters for granted; even Indira, Vajpayee had lost: Sharad Pawar

July 11, 2020 11:45 am

"No politician should take people for granted. Nobody should take a stand that he would return to power. People thought that this stand smacks of arrogance and hence feeling grew among them that they should be taught a lesson," Sharad Pawar said.

July 7, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Army in Assam

July 07, 2020 2:30 am

For the third day today, Assam remained cut off from the rest of the country, except the Gauhati, Imphal, Kolkata flight.

When the pillars of democracy were shaken

June 25, 2020 8:14 pm

Indira Gandhi’s Emergency was an assault on the legislature, judiciary and media. It was against the Constitution.

'Interests of one family prevailed over national interests': Amit Shah

June 25, 2020 11:50 am

The home minister said due to the efforts of lakhs of people, the Emergency was lifted, democracy was restored in India but it remained absent in the Congress.

Ruler alone is not accountable, everyone who succumbs to authority is no less guilty

June 25, 2020 2:07 pm

Coomi Kapoor writes: The economic consequences are devastating for the print media, one of the few credible sources of news in an age where social media is flooded with fake news and propaganda.

Indira Gandhi, Amrit Kaur named by TIME among '100 Women of the Year'

March 06, 2020 11:54 am

The profile in TIME said that in 1976, Gandhi, "'Empress of India' had become India's great authoritarian."

INDIRA GANDHI PHOTOS

On Sonia Gandhi's 73rd birthday, here are some rare photographs that you wouldn’t have seen

December 10, 2019 6:44 am

The Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi turned 73 Monday. She has decided not to celebrate her birthday in the wake of rape incidents across the country and growing concerns over women’s security.

Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary: Rare photos of the 'Iron Lady' from Express archives

November 19, 2019 12:33 pm

Today marks the 102nd birth anniversary of India’s first and only female prime minister Indira Gandhi. Political leaders from across the spectrum paid rich tributes to the ‘Iron Lady of India’.

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

November 20, 2018 7:05 am

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

August 07, 2018 9:24 am

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.

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

December 08, 2017 4:20 pm

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

November 19, 2017 12:36 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.

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

November 19, 2017 1:04 pm

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.

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

October 31, 2017 12:49 pm

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

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

November 19, 2017 10:29 am

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

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

October 31, 2015 2:38 pm

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

INDIRA GANDHI VIDEOS

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

June 22, 2020 6:04 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:20 pm

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.

Congress exposed by its alliance partner: BJP

January 11, 2016 1:00 pm

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

January 11, 2016 1:00 pm

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

January 11, 2016 1:00 pm

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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