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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May 24, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Cold War Politics

On May 24, 1978, the International Institute for Strategic Studies predicted an uncertain economic future for the Soviet Union when the Brezhnev era ends.

Thinkers from around the world to converge in Patna for international conference on Karl Marx

Marx And Us

He taught us to look at not what the facts say, but what they do

Mother's Day 2018: From Indira Gandhi to Sheila Dikshit, here are some powerful politician Moms

Mother’s Day 2018: From Indira Gandhi to Sheila Dikshit, here are some powerful politician moms

The history of women in Indian politics goes back to more than a hundred years. Even before the constitution of India guaranteed the women the right to vote, many of them tried their best to make a difference and they did succeed.

May 12, 1978, Forty Years Ago: No Trust Motion

Prime Minister Morarji Desai, who spoke at length at the end of the 10-hour-debate on the first such motion against his government, denied various allegations against his son and his principal secretary, V Shankar.

Forty Years Ago, March 31, 1978: Riots in Moradabad

Thirteen persons were killed and 21 injured, four of them seriously, in the rioting in Sambhal town in Moradabad district. UP Chief Minister Ram Naresh Yadav told the assembly this afternoon that the situation was now under control. The town was under curfew.

Nagaland unimpressed as new govt decides to rename Indira Gandhi Stadium after Naga football legend

Incessant corruption and the lack of political will have confined both the IG Stadium in the state capital and the State Stadium in Dimapur to a perpetual “under construction” status for decades, reports Kallol Dey from Kohima.

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Tales of the Iron Lady: A graphic novel explores multiple facets in the life of Indira Gandhi

Ahead of Indira Gandhi’s birth centenary last year, Delhi-based Devapriya Roy and Bengaluru-based graphic artist Priya Kuriyan were asked to work on a graphic biography on her.

Forty Years Ago, February 28, 1978: Reddi Quits

In his resignation letter, Reddi said he was resigning from the presidentship of the Indian National Congress, assuming the responsibility for the party’s defeat in Karnataka.

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Inside Track: No curtain call

Modi’s grim face indicated that he was unhappy with the glitch in an otherwise well-choreographed event.

Forty Years Ago, February 10, 1978 — PM as Sevak: Desai

Prime Minister Morarji Desai said he was determined to effect a thorough change in administration so that “the rulers become real servants of the people”.

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January 31, 1978, Forty Years Ago

The summons issued to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, P K Jain, for her appearance on February 9 in the court in connection with the two complaints filed by the Shah Commission, have been served on her.

January 24, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Indira’s Apology

Addressing a large public meeting in Yavatmal (Maharashtra), Mrs Gandhi said even if others, who were responsible for the mistakes and excesses were not willing to own up, she would own the responsibility for those mistakes as well.

T.V Rajeswar (1926-2018): Officer who reported Emergency excesses but won Indira Gandhi’s trust

Rajeswar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2012. He is survived by a son and a daughter, Sujatha Singh, a former IFS officer.

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Vidya Balan to play former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Tumhari Sulu actor Vidya Balan is all set to play the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a project based on journalist-author Sagarika Ghose’s book “Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister.”

January 6, 1978, Forty Years Ago; Carter To JP

In his letter to JP, he expressed the opinion that JP’s “wise counsel and statesmanship have contributed not only to India but to the freedom-loving people of all countries”