India’s ‘Iron Lady’ 102nd birth anniversary

This year on 19 November marks the 102nd birth anniversary of Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi. Popularly known as ‘Iron lady’ of India was born on 19 November 1917 in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad. She was elected in power 1966 and served as the first and only woman prime minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984.

She was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguards at her residence on Akbar Road on 31 October, 1984. This came after Operation Bluestar was executed at Amritsar’s Golden Temple, wherein Gandhi ordered the Indian Army to confront Sikh separatists who had taken shelter at the holy shrine.The decisions taken under her tenure ship includes many such as Nationalisation of banks,  Pokhran nuclear test, Formation of Bangladesh after ‘Liberation War’, Operation Bluestar .

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