"If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying." - Indira Gandhi
The first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister India has seen, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was and still is among one of the most inspirational women of the country. A lady who had a lonely childhood, because her father was busy in political activities, became the second longest-serving Indian Prime Minister after her father. She married the man of her dreams, lived a good life with him and even took several responsibilities after his demise.
Indira was a really strong and inspirational woman, who took various difficult political decisions while she was serving as the minister. Here are some unseen photographs of her:
India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's only child, Indira was born as Indira Nehru on November 19, 1917.
She was awarded honorary doctoral degree by a host of universities globally. She even received the citation of distinction from the Columbia University for her impressive academic background.
She was very young when she founded the 'Bal Charkha Sangh.' In 1930, she formed the 'Vanar Sena' of children, that was asked to help the Congress at the time of the Non-Cooperation Movement.
She served in the war-affected areas of Delhi in 1947 under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi.
The couple had two sons, Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.
Later, she became the President of Indian National Congress in 1959 and served till 1960, and then again took the position in January 1978.
She received the Bharat Ratna (1972), Mexican Academy Award for Liberation of Bangladesh (1972), 2nd Annual Medal, FAO (1973) and Sahitya Vachaspati (Hindi) by Nagari Pracharini Sabha (1976).
For two continuous years, 1967 and 1968, she was the Woman Most Admired by the French Institute of Public Opinion.
Her most popular publications include, 'The Years of Challenge' (1966-69), 'The Years of Endeavour' (1969-72), 'India' (London) in 1975; 'Inde' (Lausanne) in 1979 and numerous other collections of speeches and writings.
Later, she took the power in her hands as the Prime Minister of India and served the nation from January 1966 to March 1977.
On October 31, 1984, two of Gandhi's bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, shot her with their duty weapons in her own backyard.
She was then brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where doctors operated on her. It was stated that 30 bullet wounds were sustained by Indira Gandhi. The attackers fired 31 bullets, out of which 30 hit her, 23 passed through her body while 7 were confined in her body.
An undated photo of Indira Gandhi visiting the Talkatora Gardens in New Delhi.
Then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi met the then Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Shimla.
Zhou Enlai, one of the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, met Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru during the latter's state visit to China in 1954.
At this point, she was elected as the President of the Congress Party of India.
She was connected with various organisations and institutions.
Indira Gandhi with Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa in New Delhi on 18 November 1972.
Indira Gandhi with former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in New Delhi.
Indira Gandhi and Morarji Desai greeting each other.
Indira Gandhi with her son Rajiv Gandhi at a Congress Party meeting in New Delhi in 1984.
Indira Gandhi with American president Lyndon B. Johnson at the gala dinner organised at the White House in Washington.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in conversation with his daughter Indira Gandhi during his official Paris visit.
Indira Gandhi is still known for her power to effectively promote Indian foreign policy decisions.
Indira Gandhi paying last respects to her father Jawaharlal Nehru.
Facts Source: PM India
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