Awards & Winners

Indira Gandhi

Date of Birth 19-November-1917
Place of Birth Allahabad
(India, Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad district)
Nationality India
Also know as Indira Priyadarśinī Gāndhī, Indira Priyadarshini Nehru, İndira Gandi, Indra Gandhi, İndra Gandi, Late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mother India, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, Indira Priyadarshini Nehru, Nehru, इन्दिरा प्रियदर्शिनी गाँधी, इन्दिरा प्रियदर्शिनी नेहरू, मदर इंडिया, स्वर्गीय प्रधानमंत्री श्रीमती० इंदिरा गांधी
Profession Politician
  • Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
  • 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.
  • You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
  • You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
  • There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.
  • The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
  • My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.
  • Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.
  • 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.
  • Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.
  • A nation' s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the third Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office. Indira Gandhi was the only child of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as the Chief of Staff of her father's highly centralized administration between 1947 and 1964 and came to wield considerable unofficial influence in government. Elected Congress President in 1959, she was offered the premiership in succession to her father. Gandhi refused and instead chose to become a cabinet minister in the government. She finally consented to become Prime Minister in succession to Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. As Prime Minister, Gandhi became known for her political ruthlessness and unprecedented centralisation of power. She went to war with Pakistan in support of the independence movement in East Pakistan, which resulted in an Indian victory and the creation of Bangladesh, as well as increasing India's influence to the point where it became the regional hegemon of South Asia. Gandhi also presided over a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977 during which she ruled by decree and made lasting changes to the constitution of India. She was assassinated in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star.

Awards by Indira Gandhi

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Bharat Ratna
(Third Prime Minister)