Indira Gandhi, the first and only woman Prime Minister of India was born today on November 19, 1917, in Allahabad. Indira Gandhi was a central figure and holds a very prominent place in the Indian politics even today as her daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi and grandson Rahul Gandhi are the party chief of Indian National Congress. Indira Gandhi was an exceptional lady and became the Prime Minister of India twice, once from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984. Indira Gandhi was known for her political ruthlessness and wielding ultimate power. She brought in a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977, the only time it was enforced and received severe backlash from the public and other opposition leaders. However, in 1980 she returned to power after winning the general elections. Today on Indira Gandhi’s 100th birth anniversary let’s look at some of her top quotes which depicted what an exceptional leader she was. Indira Gandhi 100th Birth Anniversary: Rahul Gandhi, PM Narendra Modi Tweets Wishes for First and Only Woman Prime Minister of India

1.Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

2.A nation’s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.

3.My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.

4.If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying.

5.You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

6.You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

7.The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

8.One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.

9.One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.

10.I think basically I’m lazy, but I have a housewife’s mentality when I go about my job.

Indira Gandhi was assassinated after Operation Blue Star was executed. She gave the orders to the Indian army to enter the Golden Temple to remove Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his group of militants who were hiding there with arms and ammunition. The Indian Army used heavy artillery to which destroyed parts of the Golden Temple including the Aal Takht shrine and the Sikh library. The operation also resulted in the death of many Sikh pilgrims. She received a lot of flak and backlash from the Sikh community for her actions as it was seen as politically motivated. She was shot dead on October 30, 1984, by her own bodyguards Satwant Singh and Beant Singh.