Friday, 2 March 2012

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi
After talking about Indira Gandhi today I class, I thought I would find some more information about her and share my findings on the blog:

General Profile:
Born: 19 November 1917
Passed Away: 31 October 1984

Indira Gandhi was one of the greatest political leaders of India. She was the first and only woman to be elected as the Prime Minister. She is also regarded as the most controversial political leader of the country for her unprecedented decision of imposing "a state of emergency". She was criticised for carrying out the Operation Blue-Star in Punjab that eventually scripted her assassination on 31 October 1984.


The following are a number of websites where you can find more information about Indira Gandhi:

A webpage about her life, role in politics and the reasons why she is considered as a symbol for women and the third world. The site also includes images of significant events in her life:
http://www.indiragandhi.com/index.html

An article about her legacy:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3960877.stm

The Britannica Encylopedia entry about Indira Gandhi, which includes images, a short video and other contextual references:
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/225198/Indira-Gandhi

A shorter biography:
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/Independent/Indira.html

Some of her most famous quotes:
http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Indira_Gandhi

I have also found the titles of several books about her life:

Mary C. Carras, Indira Gandhi (1979)
Dom Moraes, Indira Gandhi (also published as Mrs. Gandhi (1980)
Nayantara Sahgal, Indira Gandhi, Her Road to Power (1982)
Inder Malhotra, Indira Gandhi: A Personal and Political Biography (1989, reissued 1991)
Pupul Jayakar, Indira Gandhi: An Intimate Biography (1992)



Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with President Nixon, during her visit to the USA in 1971

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