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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Surely, 50 years is a good time to review bank nationalisation

Fifty years after bank nationalisation, banking is still seen as an enterprise driven by social purpose and political considerations — not depositors’ interests. This needs to change.

50 years later

Banking sector, economy, have transformed since banks were nationalised. Now, government needs to let go.

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Book to unravel story of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar

The book, "Chandra Shekhar: The Last Icon of Ideological Politics", will retrace the late politician's journey from being born in a lower middle-class family to becoming "one of the tallest figures" in Indian politics.

It is unlikely that Emergency will return, but eternal vigilance is the price for freedom

Authoritarianism does not necessarily come about like Indira Gandhi’s Emergency in one fell swoop. Dictatorships sometimes creep in slowly and insidiously without any official declaration. The health of a democracy is judged by several parameters.

Former Tamil Nadu DGP who arrested Indira Gandhi dies

V R Lakshminarayanan had worked under various Prime Ministers including late Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Charan Singh, Morarji Desai. He had also arrested the late Indira Gandhi in 1977 in a graft case.

Forty Years Ago: June 1, 1979

Indira Gandhi has been indicted by the Maruti commission for exerting undue influence over the government machinery to promote the business interests of her son, Sanjay Gandhi, during her tenure as prime minister.

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Forty Years Ago: May 21, 1979

Speaking at the chief ministers’ conference in Delhi, Prime Minister Morarji Desai bowed to the states’ plea for a review of the existing rates of additional excise duties levied on textiles, tobacco and sugar in lieu of the sales tax as well as for a review of the grant-in-aid in lieu of the railway passenger tax.

Will Varanasi be repeat of Rae Bareli in 1977, wonders Mayawati

The apparent reference was to post-Emergency general election when, Indira Gandhi had got 1,22,517 votes and lost to Raj Narain who bagged 1,77,719 votes in the electoral battle in Rae Bareli.

May 9, 1979, Forty Years Ago: Special Courts Bill

May 9, 1979, Forty Years Ago: With the Lok Sabha’s passing the Special Courts Bill, the decks are virtually clear for the trial of Indira Gandhi and some of her Emergency associates, The Indian Express reported.

If Indiraji is credited for 1971 Bangladesh war, why not Modi for the Pakistan air-strike: Rajnath Singh

Singh was addressing a series of election meetings in Keonjhar, Cuttack and Puri parliamentary constituencies in Odisha which are going to polls in the third phase on April 23 to bolster the prospcts of BJP candidates.

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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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Indu Sarkar: Who Is Playing Sanjay Gandhi, Indira Gandhi And More, Complete Gallery Of Who’s Who In The Film

From what the trailer suggests, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar looks like the story of the general public who for no fault of theirs were made to suffer during the 1975 Emergency. Kirti Kulhari is the one who decides to raise her voice and the one to support her is Anupam Kher. And as the trailer claims, […]

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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Had Indira Gandhi not listened to Siddhartha Shankar Ray the emergency would not have happened

In this Idea Exchange, R K Dhawan, Congress Politician and aide to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi, speaks about his major regret during the emergency, on negotiations with Jayaprakash Narayan, influence of Siddhartha Shankar Ray on Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi’s role as the unconstitutional authority. Full report: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/mrs-gandhi-paid-for-emergency-if-bad-things-had-not-happened-she-would-never-have-lost-the-elections/

I hold three people responsible for making Sanjay Gandhi the unconstitutional authority: R K Dhawan

In this Idea Exchange, R K Dhawan, Congress Politician and aide to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi, speaks about his major regret during the emergency, on negotiations with Jayaprakash Narayan, influence of Siddhartha Shankar Ray on Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi’s role as the unconstitutional authority

EXPLAINED | The Emergency and the significance of June 12

June 12 marks the fourtieth anniversary of the Raj Narain verdict which was the immediate trigger for the declaration of the Emergency 13 days later. The Indian Express consulting editor Coomi Kapoor, whose book on the period is set for release, explains the importance of this day.

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