The Dumb Doll (goongi gudiya) shined so impeccable that most elite politicians across the world were seen to appraise her guts in politics and decision-making capabilities
She was domineering, she was shy; she was known as a goongi gudiya however she became Ma Durga; she was the fragile teenager who turned into India’s first political bahubali; she was the tyrant who was the little girl of India’s most idealistic constitutional democrat. A child born in the same year as the Russian revolution whose life was one of storm and trouble. Born in the fire of a nation about to become independent, she went out in the fiery blaze of a nation at war with itself.
Indira Gandhi was an enigma. To use Dickens, hers was India’s best of the times and the worst of the times.
Indira Gandhi, the much appreciated and denounced politician, had developed throughout the years into an ecological woman. There were many influences—education at Santiniketan and Switzerland, books, holidays—and that of Nehru’s was the most significant.
The bona fide Indira Gandhi was the person who loved the mountains, thought about untamed life, was passionate about birds, stones, trees and forests, and was worried deeply about the environmental consequences of urbanisation and industrialisation.
As far as national defence is concerned, hers was unique. No other Indian leader remained as solid as her.
At the first-ever United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in June 1972, Indira Gandhi said “poverty is the worst form of pollution,” in a discourse that has resonated as the decades progressed.
Her concern for the environment was not mere nature worship. She was independently capable not only for India’s best-known untamed life preservation programme—to be specific, Project Tiger—yet in addition for less prominent activities for the insurance of crocodiles, lions, hanguls, cranes, bustards, flamingos, deer and other jeopardized species.
She was born in the wealthy Nehru family on November 19, 1917, in Allahabad. Family affectionately called her Indu. Indu means the person who leads the cool brightness of the Moon. Within two years, the family gave away the entirety of its wealth for the freedom battle. As a child, she saw her parents frequently going to jail.
Brilliant in studies, she needed to abandon her examinations due to the ailment of her mom. She went to Switzerland. Care and worry of guardians turned into her first need. Even as a child she led Vanar Sena for the freedom of the country. There were events she concealed archives of freedom struggle and misdirected British police. A sari her dad wove in prison turned into a valuable marriage blessing to Indira Gandhi the bride of Gujarat.
She never missed the respectable obligation of the mother even as her career saw many high and low points. Whether it was a matter of study of children or an issue relating to their career, love and warmth of mother streamed perpetually. A loving mother who could go to any lengths for her children. Rajiv and Sanjay were her two precious jewels.
She loved spending time with her family. Sonia Gandhi was her favorite daughter-in-law. She saw herself in Priyanka.
She brought in public life the idea of little voice of conscience (Atma ki awaaz). Declared emergency when she found bureaucracy crumbling; Sought individuals’ decision as opposed to turning a tyrant. When lost, she acknowledged people’s verdict. Stayed among people and in a few months won back both people’s heart and political power.
While there are many pitfalls which can’t be filled but there are various bold steps taken by her which are enough to make her “Iron Lady of India” like: Nuclear Programme; Bangladesh Liberation; Environment Programme; Space Liberation; Green Revolution; Bank Nationalisation
Her entire life was committed to the upliftment of the poor and making India, a better nation to live. She has struggled a lot for India’s Independence in her entire life.
She moved ahead with operation Blue Star in the national interest. She was a staunch believer of Secularism. Some officers asked her to remove Sikh bodyguards prior to her assassination. At the point when this record was brought before her, she didn’t think about the risk to her life and noted: “I am secular and I cannot remove someone just because someone belongs to a particular religion.”
On one hand, we have leaders who claim themselves daring hearted. In any case, they don’t permit even pigeons to approach because of their own fears. Then we have valiant lady leader Indira Gandhi.
Assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguards on 31st Octoberm, 1984, her end was as dramatic as her birth.
She was the greatest Indian Prime Minister in a poll conducted by India Today. She was also named ‘Woman of the Millennium’ in a poll by the BBC in 1999.
Marked by extraordinary courage, she was a woman who called the only man in her government, the queen of the poor; she was the memsahib who died like a grimy soldier in battle, in politics she was India’s James Bond in a khadi sari.
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