Indira Gandhi: India's First Woman Prime Minister

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From a Political Family

Indira Gandhi was born in Allahabad into the politically prominent Nehru family; her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, served as India’s first prime minister.

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From a Political Family
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Student Life

 A stubborn and highly intelligent young woman, she enjoyed an excellent education in Swiss schools and at Somerville College, Oxford.

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Student Life
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First taste of politics

After her mother died, in 1936, Gandhi got more involved with her father's work and assisting him navigating the complex relationships of diplomacy with some of the great leaders of the world.

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First taste of politics
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President of Congress at 43

Indira Gandhi was elected president of the Indian National Congress in 1960. After her father’s death, Gandhi was appointed minister of information and broadcasting. 

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President of Congress at 43
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India's 4th Prime Minister

When her father’s successor, Lal Bahadur Shastri, died abruptly in 1966, India’s congress appointed her to the post of prime minister. She held the post for the next 11 years.

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India's 4th Prime Minister
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Her Achievements

From Green Revolution to the upliftment of the poor class, to the winning of the Indo-Pak war in 1971 which led to the creation of a new nation, Bangladesh.

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Her Achievements
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Her Assasination

On October 31, 1984, a trusted bodyguard, who was a Sikh,shot her point-blank. Another bodyguard, also a Sikh, then took out an automatic weapon and shot 30 rounds into her body. This was an outcome of 'Operation Bluestar' where Gandhi had instructed 70,000 soldiers to barge into the sacred space of the Golden Temple to take down the Khalistani seperatists. Lot of innocents died too.

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Her Assasination
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