Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday paid tribute to his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 103rd birth anniversary. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi remembered her as an “efficient Prime Minister” and as someone who was a “form of power.”
“I pay my tribute on the birth anniversary of Smt. Indira Gandhi, an efficient Prime Minister and form of power. While the entire nation, even today, speaks of her impressive leadership, I always remember her as my beloved grandmother. Things she taught me inspire me everyday,” the former Congress president posted on his Twitter handle, also attaching with the tweet a picture of his grandmother.
Gandhi also paid a visit to Shakti Sthal, the memorial of Indira Gandhi in the national capital, to pay his tribute to her.
The official handle of the Congress, meanwhile, remembered Indira Gandhi as a “trail blazer, visionary, true leader and great daughter of India.” The party tweeted: “A trailblazer, a visionary, a true leader and a great daughter of our motherland, Smt. Indira Gandhi was much more than a Prime Minister to our citizens; she was the revitalising strength in their quest for greatness and prosperity. Today, we pay a proud tribute to India’s Indira.”
Born on November 19, 1917, Indira Gandhi was the daughter of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and one of three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family to hold that office, with Rahul Gandhi’s father and Indira Gandhi’s elder son Rajiv Gandhi being the third.
Indira Gandhi was the third Prime Minister of India and the second-longest serving after her father. She also held other important portfolios like Defence, Finance, Home and Finance. Indira Gandhi is also remembered for India’s decisive victory over Pakistan in 1971, which led to the creation of Bangladesh, as well as the near 24-month Emergency imposed by her in 1975.
She was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984 for sending the army inside the Golden Temple earlier that year to free it from Sikh separatists. Her assassination led to anti-Sikh riots across India.
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