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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Independence Day: Images that defined India’s history

Independence Day 2018: IndianExpress.com has compiled some of the most powerful images that define India’s existence over the past 71 years.

Forty Years Ago: August 9, 1978

Through the general principles of the Constitution (Forty-Fifth) Amendment Bill received broad support in the Lok Sabha.

Mrs Indira Gandhi’s eyes and ears, RK Dhawan knew too much but kept silent

Had the man, who was Indira Gandhi’s Man Friday for over a decade, really opened up about his pivotal role in government and politics of the Seventies and Eighties, it would have been an explosive tell-all.

Forty Years Ago: August 6, 1978

Indira Gandhi, who presided over the general body meeting asked all party MPs to be present in New Delhi to participate in the “Save India Day” rally on August 9 and the debates in the two houses of Parliament.

Rajya Sabha may run into rough weather from today

Indira Gandhi faced 15, Vajpayee two: A lookback at the previous 26 no-trust motions

The first no-confidence motion in the history of Lok Sabha was moved against Indira Gandhi by J B Kripalani, also known as Acharya Kripalani in August 1963. The debate lasted for 21 hours over four days.

Jairam Ramesh praises P N Haksar

Jairam Ramesh credits Haksar for transforming Indira Gandhi

On Haksar’s soured relationship with Sanjay Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh said both drifted apart in 70s because the former disagreed over Sanjay’s Maruti project. “

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The Urdu Press: Emergency 1.0

The daily Munsif, in its editorial on June 27, notes: “The Emergency was undoubtedly a black chapter in the country’s history, which no Indian can forget. It was imposed on June 26, 1975 to serve the political objectives of Congress Party and Indira Gandhi…”

Emergency, from the outside

Media in the US and UK were unequivocal in their criticism of Indira Gandhi. But for governments in the West, it was business-as-usual.

Sanjay Raut made the remarks in his weekly column in party mouthpiece "Saamana".

Indira’s contribution cannot be written off because of Emergency move: Shiv Sena

Sanjay Raut said Modi and the BJP are repeatedly targetting the Gandhis because they are still afraid of the “skeleton” called Congress which could not win even 50 seats in the 2014 polls.

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From 1975 to 44

Emergency did not end dynasty in Indian politics. But it kicked off its journey into irrelevance

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A perverse comparison

Indira Gandhi made mistakes. But equating her with Hitler speaks of disturbing motives.

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The darkest hour

Emergency was an attack on democracy. Let’s not evoke it lightly

As per the Constitution, the President can declare Emergency only on the recommendation of the Union cabinet. (Express archive photo)

Telescope: Can history be far behind?

In New India, on screen and off it, the past overtakes the present

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After Indira Gandhi’s comparison with Hitler, Congress says Modi is crueler than Aurangzeb

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma Tuesday criticised Union minister Arun Jaitley, saying drawing a parallel between Indira Gandhi and Adolf Hitler was an “absurd and outrageous” distortion of history.

Arun Jaitley: Federal front a failed idea, can’t have ‘bechara’ PM

Arun Jaitley compares Indira Gandhi to Hitler: ‘If you curb free speech, you become first victim of propaganda’

Arun Jaitley: “The security forces were being asked to disobey illegal orders and, therefore, in the larger interest of the nation, India had to become a ‘disciplined democracy’.”