Wednesday, October 31, 1984 will be marked as a black day in the history of mankind. On this day Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India and outstanding world leader, fell a victim to the bullets fired by her guards at her residence. The tragedy left the Indian nation and the world stunned and grief-stricken. Born in Allahabad on November 19, 1917, Indira Priyadarshini Nehru spent her childhood almost alone. She did not get the company either of her father Jawaharlal Nehru or of her mother Kamala Nehru as the Nehru family was frequently sent to prison by the British

Government. She was educated at Delhi, Allahabad, Switzerland, Santiniketan and Oxford. She was married to Feroze Gandhi in 1942 and had two sons by him-Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi. Indira Gandhi came in contact with world leaders during her early days and toured extensively with his illustrious father who became the first Prime Minister of India after Independence. In 1959 she was elected President of the Indian National Congress, became Minister of Information and BRoadesting in Lal Bahadur Shastri’s cabinet in 1964, and was elected leader of the Congress Parliamentary Parity defeating Moraji Desai in 1966. Except for a brief spell of nearly three years (1977-1980), she held the office of Prime Minister till her death.

Indira was India’s women of destiny. For nearly eighteen years she dominated the arena of Indian politics as the leader of the Indian nation. Her statesmanship, her courage, her unfailing Indian nation. Her statesmanship, her courage, her unfailing energy and her astute political acumen will be admired for ever.

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