Indira Gandhi Quotes

Indira Gandhi Nehru, was the Prime Minister of the Republic of India for three consecutive terms from 1966-77 and 1980-84

and one of the most famous women in 20th century politics.

She was India's first and to date, only female Prime Minister.

Born in 1917, Indira Gandhi rose to the title of Prime Minister in India despite facing many challenges along the way.

In 1947, her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, became independent India's 1st Prime Minister (1947-64).

Indira traveled with her father extensively and met many politicians along the way.

In 1959 she was elected to the Presidency of the Indian National Congress, and later appointed as Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

After Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri's dealth in 1966, Indira Gandhi served as Acting Prime Minister.

In 1967, she was elected Prime Minister and became the first women ever to lead a democracy.

She was known for improving relations with China and the Soviet Union and for her emphasis on the progress of science and technology, space exploration, and irrigation.

During her term in office Indira Gandhi faced enormous problems in Assam, Punjab and east Bengal, in addition to increased tensions with Pakistan.

In 1984 she used the military to suppress Sikh rebels and ordered an attack on a Sikh shrine in Amritsar, known as "The Golden Temple".

The Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib informally referred to as "The Golden Temple", is the holiest shrine in Sikhism.

It is located in the city of Amritsar.

Many Sikhs regarded the attack as a desecration of their holiest shrine, and their alienation deepen.

In 1984, she was assassinated by her own bodyguards, apparently in revenge for her ordering of the storming of the "Golden Temple of Amritsar".


Indira Gandhi Quotes

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit.

He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.


Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now.

You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away


Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity, and to be vibrantly alive in repose.


Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.


People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.


There are moments in history when brooding tragedy and its dark shadows can be lightened by recalling great moments of the past.


The power to question is the basis of all human progress.


I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.


We have believed--and we do believe now--that freedom is indivisible, that peace is indivisible, that economic prosperity is indivisible.


A nation' s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.


One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.


If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting,

I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying.


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