The glorious land of India has given birth to many great scholars, statesmen, scientists, patriots, generals and artists. In my opinion, Smt. Indira Gandhi will ever remain to be the greatest one.
Smt. Gandhi was born on 19th November 1917 at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. She was the worthy daughter of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. Her mother Smt. Kamla Nehru was a religious, kind and gentle lady.
Smt. Gandhi got her early education, first in India and Switzerland and thereafter, at “ Oxford University” in England. In England, she met with Shri Feroze Gandhi. She was married with Ferozeji in the year 1941. They had a happy domestic life. She was blessed with two sons Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi. However, Indira Gandhi could not enjoy her married life for a long time because Shri Feroze Gandhi left for heavenly abode in 1960 AD.
At the early age of 21 years she joined the Congress. In 1937, she took part in the “Political Movement.” After the partition of the country in 1947, she rendered meritorious services as an active worker with Mahatma Gandhi. She was elected as an M.P. During the attack of Pakistan in 1965 AD, she was the first minister to visit the Indo-Pak front. In 1965, she became the “Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting.” After the death of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966, she became the Prime Minister .of India. She held this post till Feb/March 1977. In the General Elections of January 1980 she again came in power. She remained our Prime Minister till she was shot down by her own security guards on 30th October, 1984.
She took many bold steps towards the progress of India. For example, she nationalized the banks, discontinued the ‘privy purse’ of the old kings, and launched the ‘Family Planning Programme’ to solve the fierce growing population problem. Her ‘Twenty Points Programme’ was like the ‘Twenty Sutras’ of the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita. She did a lot of admirable works for the uplift of the poor and the backward.
It was under her able leadership that Pakistan had to face defeat at the hands of India in 1971.
To conclude, she guided the country on the right progressive path.