Wonder Women #5 : Indira Gandhi – The Iron Lady of India


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The daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru,the first Prime minister of independent India,Indira Gandhi is the only woman Prime minister India has ever had. Born to Jawaharlal Nehru and Kamala Nehru she was their only child and grew up in Allahabad.She was mostly home tutored , having brief stints in schools during her stay in India.She served as her father’s personal assistant between 1947 and 1964.She became the President of INC in 1959.Jawaharlal Nehru was succeeded by Lal Bahadur Shastri,whose sudden death called for early elections.She was appointed the Prime minister of India,after her surprising win over her rival, Morarji Desai.

Indira was popular among the masses and was known for her unprecedented centralisation of power and bold policies.Two notable movements in her tenure would be her decision to go to war with Pakistan resulting in Bangladesh and her infamous emergency rule of India from 1975 to 1977.Her political career was dotted with a lot of high profile controversies and scams.On the personal front,she married Feroz Gandhi and had two children-Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.While Sanjay Gandhi was pinned as the potential heir to the Gandhi-led government,his early death on 23 rd June,1980 prompted the foray of Rajiv Gandhi into politics.

She was assassinated on 31 St October,1984 by her Sikh bodyguards for her controversial Operation Blue Star.Her assassination created a furore and the Sikh community in India suffered greatly.The anti-sikh protests displaced thousands of Sikhs and killed many.She was conferred with India’s highest civilian award,the Bharath Ratna for her contributions to India.


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