India is remembering former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 34th death-anniversary today. Gandhi, the daughter of independent India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, is widely regarded as one of the most popular prime ministers and Congress leaders of the country. The Iron Lady who was hailed as one of the tallest world leaders, was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguards at her residence located in Akbar Road on October 31, 1984.
Rahul Gandhi Remembers Dadi On Indira Gandhi’s Death Anniversary
Remembering Dadi today with a deep sense of happiness. She taught me so much and gave me unending love. She gave so much of herself to her people. I am very proud of her.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 31, 2018
“Remembering Dadi (grandma) today with a deep sense of happiness. She taught me so much and gave me unending love. She gave so much of herself to her people. I am very proud of her,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
“Today we honour… the first female Prime Minister of India and one of the strongest leaders our country has seen,” the Congress party said.
“Through her premiership, our nation saw great victory, incredible development and most importantly upliftment of all sections of society,” the party tweeted.
Praising the former prime minister, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha, in an interview to NDTV on Tuesday, said he would have been in the Congress if Indira was alive today. (Also Read: Indira Gandhi: India’s First Female PM 10 Shocking Untold Facts)
Indira was appointed the president of the Congress in 1959 and served as prime minister of the country from 1966 to 1977. She lost power soon after the period of Emergency (1975-77) after national discontent and countrywide protests. After returning to power in 1980, she ordered the storming of the Sikh holy shrine Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, which led to her assassination. She went to war with Pakistan supporting the independence movement in East Pakistan leading to the formation of Bangladesh.
Gandhi, who is the second longest serving Prime Minister, was well known for path-breaking economic and social reforms, including nationalisation of banks, copper, refining, cotton textiles and even insurance industries. She also abolished privy purses of the erstwhile princely states.
Wednesday also marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Events have been planned across the country to commemorate the two occasions.
Awaaz Nation remembers both the ‘Iron lady’ and the ‘Iron man’ of India. The nation will always be indebted to you. Stay connected with Awaaznation for all updates!