Indira Gandhi

Topics: Indira Gandhi, Indian National Congress, Jawaharlal Nehru Pages: 6 (1602 words) Published: November 1, 2012
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi


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* Mrs.Indira Gandhi otherwise known as “iron lady of India” .I chose her because she was the first and one and only lady Prime Minister in Indian history who can be the role model of every Indian woman. * Indira Gandhi was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest political leaders of India. She is also regarded as the most controversial political leader of the country for her unprecedented decision of imposing "a state of emergency" which is the special character of the women. * She was the world history maker by separating Bangladesh from Pakistan's influence and letting the native peoples to lead their own government. This shows her democratic leadership unlike Hitler. * She refused Sikh militant group demand of "Khalistan" with iron hand by “operation bluestar”. This is the good example for today’s government which is not even able to control their opposite party in paliement. *

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people”. -Indira Gandhi Born: 19 November 1917

Passed Away: 31 October 19

History of her Life
Indira 'Priyadarshini' Gandhi was born on 19 November, 1917, in Allahabad to Kamala and Jawaharlal Nehru. Indira's father was a well-educated lawyer and an active member of the Indian Independence Movement. Since the Nehru family was the centre of national political activity, Indira Gandhi was exposed to politics when she was a little child. A leader like Mahatma Gandhi was among the frequent visitors of the Nehru house in Allahabad. She passed her Metric from Pune University and went to Shantiniketan in West Bengal. Here, the students were made to lead a very strict and disciplined life. She later went on to study in Switzerland and Oxford University in London. Indira, then stayed few months in Switzerland with her ailing mother. In 1936, after Kamala Nehru finally succumbed to tuberculosis, she returned to India. At the time of Kamala's death, Jawaharlal Nehru, was languishing in the Indian jails.

After her return to the country, Indira showed an active participation in the national movement. She also became a member of the Indian National Congress. Here, she met Feroze Gandhi, a journalist and key member of the Youth Congress - the youth wing of the Congress Party. In 1941, despite his father's objections, she married Feroze Gandhi. In 1944, Indira gave birth to Rajiv Gandhi followed two years later by Sanjay Gandhi.

Post Independence
After the independence, Indira Gandhi's father Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi decided to shift to Delhi to assist his father. Her two sons remained with her but Feroze decided to stay back in Allahabad. He was working as an editor of The National Herald newspaper founded by Motilal Nehru.

During the 1951-52 Parliamentary Elections, Indira...

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