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Indira Gandhi- First female Prime-Minister of India

Indira Gandhi biography

Indira Gandhi whose full name was Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was India’s first women prime minister and a very important figure of the Indian National Congress party. She was the only child of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and served as India’s Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and also between 1980 and 1984. She also implemented Emergency in India.

Indira with her father Jawahar Lal Nehru
Indira with her father Jawahar Lal Nehru

Indira Gandhi husband

Indira married a Parsi, Feroze Jahangir Ghandy who changed his surname to Gandhi during India independence movement in 1930. He was nowhere related to Mahatma Gandhi as many people to this day get confused. Feroze contested elections from Rae Bareli constituency in Uttar Pradesh and was successfully elected. Before that, he worked as the managing director of ‘The National Herald’ founded by Jawaharlal Nehru for a brief period. Feroze Gandhi suffered heart attacks and died in 1960.

Feroze Gandhi married Indira Gandhi in 1942, Anand Bhawan in Allahabad - Mythical India
The marriage ceremony between Feroze Gandhi and Indira Gandhi at Anand Bhawan, Allahabad

Indira Gandhi family

She had two sons from Feroze Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi (Born. 1944) and Sanjiv Gandhi (Born. 1946). As we all know, Rajiv Gandhi after his mother’s assassination was elected as the prime minister of India. Sanjiv Gandhi who changed his name to become Sanjay Gandhi used to rule as an authoritarian figure during his mother’s rule. He is said to have played a pivotal role in the imposition of emergency and horrors that followed. Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash in 1980. While Rajiv married Sonia, Sanjay Gandhi was married to Maneka Gandhi, both of whom are prominent politicians today.

Indira Gandhi with Sons Rajiv and Sanjay and their wives Sonia and Maneka. The children Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi - Mythical India
Indira Gandhi with Sons Rajiv and Sanjay and their Families

Indira Gandhi Assassination

In order to put an end to the insurgency in Punjab, she approved Operation Blue Star which took place in the Golden Temple Amritsar, the holy place for the Sikh community. Though, the operation was successful, there was a bitter feeling within the community which later converted to the assassination of Ms. Gandhi by her bodyguards Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.

Indira Gandhi Assassination
Indira Gandhi Assassination

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