Indra Gandhi will always be remembered for her leadership and takes credit for introducing the Green Revolution in India. There are many things you already know about “The Iron Lady” Indra Gandhi. Today, We bring you untold facts of her life which is mystery to many.
Here is a collection of rare and shocking facts about her.
Indira Priyadarshini Nehru
She was born in 1917. She was the only child of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who was a great political leader in Indian history. Indira Priyadarshini Nehru, was the name given to the her when born.
She burnt Her Dolls When She Was Only Five
Yes, at this tender age when every little girl love to play, she burnt her dolls because the dolls were made in England. Reason? You must know that one of India’s nationalist movement was to reject foreign (particularly British) products. That is why Indira chose to burn her favorite doll to contribute to struggle for independence.
She Married to A Parsi Man And Adopted “Gandhi” surname
Many people think that Mahatma Gandhi was the close associate of Nehru and that is why she ended up with having her last name as ‘Gandhi’. But wait! There is an another reason behind the surname adoption. Indira and Feroz grew fond of each other and were married in 1942. But At that time mixed marriages were unusual. So, she took Gandhi surname.
Feroze was a Parsi and originally known as Feroze Ghandy. Some people say that he changed his surname from Ghandy to Gandhi after being influenced by national movement.
Tagore coined her middle name “Priyadarshiini”
She was provided with every comfort she needed. She studied in Tagore’s Shantiniketan between 1934-1935. She was educated in Swiss schools and at Somerville college, Oxford.
Indira Gandhi used to keep pictures of her sons in her wallet.
On January 19, 1966, Indira Gandhi became India’s first lady Prime Minister and served the nation at this post for almost 14 years.
M.O Mathai was the Private Secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru. In his autobiography, Reminiscences of the Nehru Age, allegedly wrote a chapter entitled ‘She’ which describes a ‘passionate’ Indira with whom he apparently had a twelve-year-long affair. He described that he also made her pregnant. Though it has been suspected that such a chapter did exist.
Her Controversial Days From her Imprisonment to Assassination
- She was voted out of office for her increasingly authoritarian policies including a 21-month state of emergency. In the period of emergency many constitutional rights were suppressed.
- Indira Gandhi was widely criticized for her interference in the issue of Golden Temple as she ordered the Indian Army to enter into the temple and do the necessary attacks. It hurts sentiments of Sikh up to such extent that she was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguard on 31 October 1984 ushering her son Rajiv into power and igniting extensive anti-Sikh riots.
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