Interesting Unknown facts about Indira Gandhi you didn’t know: Birthday special

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Only female Prime Minister

Indira was the 3rd prime minister of India and also the first and, to date, the only female prime minister of India.

Only child of Jawaharlal Nehru

She was the only child of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and was born on November 19, 1917


Led the Vanar Sena at the age of 12

Indira led the Vanar Sena at the age of 12, and the protestant group over time amassed around 60,000 young revolutionaries during the Indian freedom movement.

President of Indian National Congress

In the late 1950s, she serves as the President of the Indian National Congress. In 1964, Jawaharlal Nehru died and she was appointed as a Rajya Sabha member.


14 banks nationalised

After Lal Bahadur Shastri's abrupt death in 1966, she succeeded him as the Prime Minister. During her first term as PM, she nationalised 14 banks.


Creation of Bangladesh

She went to war with Pakistan in support of the independence movement and war of independence in East Pakistan, which resulted in an Indian victory and the creation of Bangladesh.

Modern diplomacy

Indira Gandhi received Bharat Ratna

Indira Gandhi was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna after leading India to victory against Pakistan in the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971.


Emergency declaration

In 1975, after she was convicted of an election offence and barred from politics for 6 years, she imposed Emergency.

Indira Gandhi was shot dead

In 1984, her Sikh bodyguards assassinated her a few months after she ordered the storming of the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar to counter the Punjab insurgency.

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