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Gandhi, Indira Priyadarshini (nee Nehru)

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Born: 1917 AD
Died: 1984 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Politicial Adviser, Prime Ministers

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1917 - Indira Priyadarshini Nehru, the only child of Jawaharlal and Kamala Nehru, was born in Allahabad, in Ananda Bhavan, on 19 November.

 

1923 - She went to a private school called St. Cicilias.

 

1926 - Studied at at I'Ecole Nouvelle Switzerland.

 

1927 - Joined St. Mary's Convent in Allahabad.

 

1930 - She formed the Monkey Brigade or 'Vanar Sena' with other children to work for Congress.

 

1931 - Was admitted to Jahangir Vakil's Pupils School at Poona.

 

1934-1935 - Passed the Matriculation Examination in April 1934. From July 1934 to April 1935, she studied in Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan. Thee she was deeply influenced by the personality of Poet Rabindranath Tagore.

 

1936 - Indira's mother died and Jawaharlal took her to England and got her admitted into Badminton School, Bristol.

 

1938 - Indira went to study at Somerville College, Oxford. Joined India League on the same year. She also came in contact with Harold Laski and become a member of the Indian National Congress.

 

1941 - Married Feroze Gandhi (26 March 1942) who hailed from a well-known Parsi family. She participated in the Quit India Movement and was imprisoned for about eight months in Naini Jail.

 

1944 - Her first child Rajiv was born in Bombay on August 20.

 

1946 - Their second child, Sanjay was born in Delhi on December 14.

 

1950 - She became the official hostess at her father's official residence at Teen Murti Bhawan. Her father then was the first Prime Minister of Independent India. She accompanied Jawaharlal to numerous countries in the world and she acquired first hand knowledge of the Non-Aligned Movement and problems and aspirations of the peoples of the Third World countries.

 

1955 - Indira was elected to the Congress Working Committee and a few months later became a member of the Congress Central Election Committee.

 

1958 - She was elected member of the Congress Central Parliamentary Board.

 

1959 - Indira was elected President of the Congress.

 

1960 - Her husband died.

 

1964 - Her father died. Indira joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister Lal Bhadur Shastri as Minister of Information and Broadcasting on July 2.

 

1966 - After the sudden death of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent, Indira Gandhi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India. She improved relations with her neighbors, the Soviet Union and China and showed extraordinary political skills and tenacity.

 

1967 - She was sworn in as Prime Minister of India for the second time.

 

1971 - Her party won a massive victory in the Parliamentary elections and Indira was sworn in as Prime Minister for the third time on March 18.

 

1975 - Indira Gandhi declared emergency to meet internal threat to the nation's security on July 1. She also announced 20 Point Economic Programme for upliftment of the down trodden.

 

1980 - Indira was sworn in as Prime Minister on January 14 for the fourth time.

 

1982 - On January 14, the New 20 Point Economic Programme was announced. On July 15, Giani Zail Singh was elected President of India.

 

1983 - Indira became Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement on March 7.

 

1984 - On October 29, Indira went to Orissa to lay the foundation of an Ordinance Factory at Bolangir. Addressing a public meeting in Bhubaneswar on October 30, she said

"Even if I die for the service of the nation, I shall be proud of it. Every drop of my blood, I am sure, will contribute to the growth of this nation and make it strong and dynamic."

The next day, October 31, she was shot dead in New Delhi in the lawns of her house on her way to her office in the morning by her own security guards.


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