Indira Gandhi was the first and only female Prime Minister of India till date. She was the daughter of the first ever Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. She was truly a central figure of the Indian National Congress and she was the second Prime Minister to serve the nation for the longest time after Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1959, she was selected as the President of Congress and in 1964 she was appointed as the member of Rajya Sabha after her father’s death. She also supported the Independence movement with a war against Pakistan in which India won and Bangladesh was created.
Indira Gandhi Awards and Recognitions:
She received India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna in 1971 in the Bangladesh Liberation War after attaining victory against Pakistan. She made some outstanding contributions in the Bangladesh’s Liberation War for which she was awarded the Bangladesh Swadhinata Sammanona which is the Bangladesh Freedom Honour.
She married Feroze Gandhi in 1942 and the marriage was considered unusual for that time. The reason was that Indira was Hindu but Feroze was Parsi and mixed marriages were usual at that time. Also, it was not a common ritual to do something except an arranged marriage. Feroze had extramarital affairs and the marriage didn’t work for a long time. He died in 1960 and the marriage ended.
Indira Gandhi Assassination: 31 October 1984
Indira Gandhi education:
University of Oxford
Mother: Kamala Nehru
Father: Jawaharlal Nehru
Spouse: Feroze Gandhi
Son: Rajiv Gandhi
Son: Sanjay Gandhi
Indira Gandhi Controversies:
- Indira Gandhi was involved in a lot of affairs and she also admitted that she fell for Frank Oberdorf who was a German while learning French from him.
- Her husband Feroze was involved in many extramarital affairs because of which he marriage also ended.
- Her affair with Jawaharlal Nehru’s secretary Mathai created a lot of buzz at that time.