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 tweeted and also posted a picture of his grandmother.
एक कार्यकुशल प्रधानमंत्री और शक्ति स्वरूप श्रीमती इंदिरा गांधी जी की जयंती पर श्रद्धांजलि।
पूरा देश उनके प्रभावशाली नेतृत्व की आज भी मिसाल देता है लेकिन मैं उन्हें हमेशा अपनी प्यारी दादी के रूप में याद करता हूँ। उनकी सिखायी हुई बातें मुझे निरंतर प्रेरित करती हैं। pic.twitter.com/9RHDnAClOJ
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 19, 2020
— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2020
The Congress party remembered Indira Gandhi as a “trailblazer, visionary, true leader and great daughter of India.” “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,” the party tweeted.
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. She is also the first and only woman PM of India thus far.
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 external affairs. She 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 Indian Army inside the Golden Temple in Amritsar earlier that year to take it back from Sikh separatists. Her assassination led to anti-Sikh riots across India.
Source: Hindustan Times