Indira Gandhi


Did you know these facts regarding the first woman PM of your country- Indira Nehru Gandhi?

  • Was fond of the musical “Fiddler On The Roof”
  • Highly conscious of her nose, voice, looks, make up, hair, sari, and Policies!
  • Had a taste for ethnic cuisine
  • Was a serious listener of European classical music
  • Fell ill after throwing her favorite foreign doll in the fire during Boycott movementIndira Gandhi
  • Married against her parents’ wishes and had a troubled marriage
  • Longed for Anonymity
  • Loved the story of Jeanne d’Arc
  • Her favorite sketch was a profile of Cleopatra
  • She was mistaken for a boy when she was born!

Indira Gandhi25 years after she was assassinated by her security guards on 31st October 1984, DUB brings to you a special fact file of the life of the daughter of India, the Iron Lady- Indira Gandhi.

19 Nov 1917- Born to Kamala and Jawaharlal Nehru

1941-             Returns from Somerville College, Oxford University

1950-             Serves her father unofficially as a personal assistant during his tenure as the first Prime Minister of India.

1966 –          Becomes Prime Minister after Shahstri’s death for 3 consecutive terms

1971-72        Overwhelming electoral victories

1971-             India defeats Pakistan and helps Bangladesh achieve independence.

June, 1975-    Indira Gandhi found guilty of illegal practices during the 1971 campaign. She refuses to resign and declares a state of emergency.

1977 –            Her faction, New Congress loses the parliamentary elections. She loses her seat.

1980 –            Wins the elections, back to power as PM

June 1984 –    Orders Operation Blue Star in the golden Temple in response to Sikh                      separatists

1984-       Wins the Lenin Peace Prize Award

31 Oct 1984-    Assassinated by Sikh security guards; her death followed by massive riots in and around Delhi