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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

D L Seth influenced a generation of academics, activists with his ideas on democracy

May 08, 2021 9:40 am

His primary legacy was as mentor to scores of activists who played a key role in many struggles for justice – from grassroots efforts to counter communalism to struggles against “destructive development”

May 8, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Indira Exonerated

May 07, 2021 11:36 pm

The Opposition did not participate in the four-and-a-half hour debate, having walked out after an uproarious 100-minute discussion in protest against the Speaker’s decision to admit the motion moved by Baliram Bhagat of the Congress.

April 30, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Air India Sabotage

April 29, 2021 11:28 pm

The senior-most official sacked was M P Kharkar, Director-Engineering, who had only hours earlier conducted the Home Minister around the engineering complex at Bombay’s Santa Cruz airport where the airlines’ all-Boeing fleet is serviced and overhauled.

April 28, 1981, Forty Years Ago: War threat

April 28, 2021 12:50 am

She told the MPs consultative committee on Atomic Energy and Space Research that the government’s worry was that “such arms supply is creating a situation where everybody is drifting towards war”.

Elections are less free and fair

April 18, 2021 9:30 am

An election is no longer a festival of democracy but a staged event

April 16, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Indira-Thatcher meet

April 15, 2021 11:20 pm

The two prime ministers met for 90 minutes without aides and later led their deliberations at the formal talks.

April 10, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Indira On Pak Arms

April 10, 2021 12:50 am

What worried her was that the moves to strengthen Pakistan’s military power was part of a larger strategic alignment stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

'Mum' on Indira Gandhi: Gehlot accuses Modi of ignoring her role in liberation of Bangladesh

April 05, 2021 7:47 pm

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had made a similar charge but apologised later, conceding on Twitter that Modi did refer to the former prime minister when he participated in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh's independence.

March 27, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Solanki Steps In

March 26, 2021 11:48 pm

Negotiations for breaking the deadlock on the reservation issue entered a crucial phase with Gujarat Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki stepping in to persuade the rival medico groups to come to an agreement.

How Indira Gandhi tackled foreign opposition to the Emergency

March 04, 2021 6:09 pm

Almost all the popularly believed notions about why Indira Gandhi called for elections do not stand up to evidence she managed perceptions about the move in foreign capitals well.

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.