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Remembering Indira Gandhi: How 'Iron Lady of India' was assassinated

Updated on: 18 November,2023 07:33 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Remembering Indira Gandhi: How 'Iron Lady of India' was assassinated

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Remembering Indira Gandhi: How 'Iron Lady of India' was assassinated

One of India's most iconic leaders and India's first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi was born on November 19, 1917. She was better known as the 'Iron Lady of India,' Indira Gandhi left an indelible mark on the country's history, but her life was tragically cut short by assassination. Here's a look back at the events surrounding her untimely death:

Who Was Indira Gandhi?

Indira Gandhi was India's first female Prime Minister, serving as the leader of the nation from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her tragic assassination in 1984. She was a dynamic and influential figure in Indian politics, known for her strong leadership and dedication to the country.

The Circumstances Leading to Her Assassination:

Indira Gandhi's second term as Prime Minister was marked by several significant events, including Operation Blue Star in 1984, a military operation to remove militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. This action led to widespread criticism and increased tensions.

The Assassination:

On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards at her residence in New Delhi. Beant Singh and Satwant Singh, two of her bodyguards, shot her. The assassination sent shockwaves throughout the nation, leading to riots in several parts of the country.

Impact and Legacy:

Indira Gandhi's assassination marked a turning point in Indian politics and history. Her death triggered a series of events, including the rise of her son, Rajiv Gandhi, as the next Prime Minister. The country was left mourning the loss of a formidable leader.

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