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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

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."

Forty Years Ago, January 28, 1980: Indo-France talks

January 28, 2020 12:17 am

After three days of talks between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the French president, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, India and France decided to take all necessary initiatives to defuse tensions threatening peace and stability in several sensitive regions.

Forty Years Ago, January 21, 1980: PM on Afghanistan

January 20, 2020 11:42 pm

Addressing the leaders of the Opposition in Parliament on the eve of the first session of the newly elected Lok Sabha, the PM said that “we are neither pro-Russia, nor pro-America. We are only pro-India”.

General Cariappa in 1971: Scrap Constitution, need military rule

January 20, 2020 1:43 pm

Signed note by Army’s first Indian chief K M Cariappa found in archives: Military rule temporary measure, scrap political parties

Sena in Saamana: ‘Happy to see BJP taking offence to comments on Indira’

January 18, 2020 3:32 am

The editorial states that Gandhi was a powerful leader who split Pakistan to avenge India’s Partition. “It is amusing to see that those who want to wipe out her identity are now worried about her personality...We are most happy with it...," it states.

Facing Congress heat, Sanjay Raut withdraws 'Indira Gandhi met Karim Lala' remark

January 16, 2020 1:57 pm

Several Congress leaders, including Milind Deora and Sanjay Nirupam, had hit out at Sanjay Raut for "distorting the legacy" and carrying out a "false campaign" against the former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Indira Gandhi used to visit Karim Lala: Sanjay Raut

January 16, 2020 11:17 am

At a function where the Lokmat Group honoured outstanding journalists from Pune, Raut was asked about his days as a crime reporter for a local publication in Mumbai and his experiences of covering the underworld.

January 14, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Indira’s Cabinet

January 13, 2020 11:54 pm

Ashoke Sen, former law minister, is likely to be offered the Lok Sabha speakership. It is not yet known whether he will accept the post because he did not do so when a similar offer was made to him after the 1967 elections.

Forty Years Ago, Jan 11, 1980: Indira To Take Over

January 11, 2020 2:43 am

Sanjeeva Reddy sent the invitation to Mrs Gandhi after she was elected leader of the Congress (I). Mrs Gandhi is likely to form the cabinet in two phases.

January 10, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Mrs Gandhi’s Cabinet

January 09, 2020 11:53 pm

This is the front page of The Indian Express published on January 10, 1980.

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

January 23, 2019 5:40 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

July 29, 2018 11:56 am

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.