On 19 November 2017 marks the 100th birth anniversary of India’s first and only female prime minister Indira Gandhi. Born as Indira Nehru in a Kashmiri Pandit family on November 19, 1917, she was assassinated by Sikh nationalists in 1984. Being the only child of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was a leading figure in India’s political struggling,
Gandhi grew up with her mother Kamala Nehru at Anand Bhavan in Allahabad. Being the second longest-serving Indian prime minister after her father, Gandhi served as prime minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a tribute to Gandhi, “Tributes to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi on her birthday anniversary,” while other politicians and well-known dignitaries such as Shashi Tharoor also took to social media to pay their tribute to the popular leader.