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Indira Gandhi is considered one of the most powerful women in history. She was the first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister in India and she served from 1966-1977 and 1980-1984.
She led her country through a difficult time, including war with Pakistan over Kashmir, economic crisis, extreme poverty, food shortages, and social unrest. When Indira came into power for her second term as Prime Minister after having lost an election earlier that year, she declared a state of emergency and ruled by decree for two years until 1977.

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About Indira Gandhi

birth of the author

19 November 1917

death of the author

31 October 1984

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Political Party:
Indian National Congress

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Alma Mater:
Visva-Bharati University

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Bharat Ratna


I certainly won’t have an empty life! — Indira Gandhi

When one has had a life as difficult as mine, one doesn’t worry about how others will react. — Indira Gandhi

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Life is always full of dangers and I don’t think one should avoid dangers. — Indira Gandhi

The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. — Indira Gandhi

i certainly won t have an empty life Indira Gandhi quote

Being prime minister isn’t the only job in life! As far as I’m concerned, I could live in a village and be satisfied. — Indira Gandhi

I’m trained to difficulties; difficulties can’t be eliminated from life. — Indira Gandhi

The old need the company of the young so that they renew their contact with life. — Indira Gandhi

Now I don’t get upset by unpleasant things, I don’t play the victim, and I’m always ready to come to terms with life. — Indira Gandhi

Life is a continuous process of adjustment. — Indira Gandhi

life is always full of dangers and i don t think one should avoid dangers Indira Gandhi quote

I don’t mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation. — Indira Gandhi

It’s a law of life–check it and you’ll see it holds true in every situation of life. — Indira Gandhi

I don’t waste time in flowery small talk, as people do in India. — Indira Gandhi


In today’s world no country can be absolutely Independent of another. It is a world of Interdependence. — Indira Gandhi

I do not like carving the world into segments; we are one world. — Indira Gandhi

i do not like carving the world into segments we are one world Indira Gandhi quote

I don’t see the world as something divided between right and left. — Indira Gandhi

Nowadays you can no longer let yourself be indoctrinated–the world is changing so fast! Even what you wanted twenty years ago is no longer relevant today; it’s outdated. — Indira Gandhi

We know very well that India’s destiny is linked to world peace. — Indira Gandhi

Mankind will endure when the world appreciates the logic of diversity. — Indira Gandhi

How is it possible for people in the modern world to go on killing each other for religion? The problems we should be concerned with nowadays are quite different! — Indira Gandhi

i don t see the world as something divided between right and left Indira Gandhi quote

In any case, I married Feroze Gandhi. Once I get an idea in my head, no one in the world can make me change my mind. — Indira Gandhi

It is when you stand by a person in his or her hour of crisis that you reveal your own humanity. — Pranab Mukherjee


I am not a person to be pressured–by anybody or any nation. — Indira Gandhi

As a nation, I believe we’ve acquired faith in ourselves. — Indira Gandhi

How can anybody who is the head of a nation afford not to be a prag–matist? — Indira Gandhi

i am not a person to be pressured by anybody or any nation Indira Gandhi quote

The question before the advanced nations is not whether they can afford to help the developing nations, but whether they can afford not to do so. — Indira Gandhi

Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood… will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic. — Indira Gandhi


I always wanted to have children–if it had been up to me, I would have had eleven. It was my husband who wanted only two. — Indira Gandhi

My children needed me, and I like my job as a social worker. — Indira Gandhi

I myself, in my heart, say that people should have all the children they want. But it’s a mistaken idea, like many of our ideas that go back thousands of years, and it must be rooted out. — Indira Gandhi

my children needed me and i like my job as a social worker Indira Gandhi quote

I grew up like a boy, also because most of the children who came to our house were boys. — Indira Gandhi

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I see nothing wrong in sterilizing a man who has already brought eight or ten children into the world. Especially if it helps those eight or ten children to live better. — Indira Gandhi

When I’m not governing my country any more, I’ll go back to taking care of children. — Indira Gandhi

To bear many children is considered not only a religious blessing but also an investment. The greater their number, some Indians reason, the more alms they can beg. — Indira Gandhi

I’ve never understood women who, because of their children, pose as victims and don’t allow themselves any other activities. — Indira Gandhi

i grew up like a boy also because most of the children who came to our house were boys Indira Gandhi quote

We must protect families, we must protect children, who have inalienable rights and should be loved, should be taken care of physically and mentally, and should not be brought into the world only to suffer. — Indira Gandhi

Little by little I changed my mind, and when I was about eighteen, I began to consider the possibility of getting married. Not to have a husband, but to have children. — Indira Gandhi


A nAtion’ s strength ultimAtely consists in whAt it cAn do on its own, And not in whAt it cAn borrow from others. — Indira Gandhi

Where does strength come from? It is not muscle strength any more. It is not also mere intellectual strength. What is strength? Strength is the support of the people. — Indira Gandhi

Let’s not forget that in India the symbol of strength is a woman; the goddess Shakti. — Indira Gandhi

let s not forget that in india the symbol of strength is a woman the goddess shakti Indira Gandhi quote

In fact the communists gained strength in India when the people thought my party was moving to the right. And they were correct. — Indira Gandhi


On the one hand, the rich look askance at our continuing poverty–on the other, they warn us against their own methods. — Indira Gandhi

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance. — Indira Gandhi

We do not wish to impoverish the environment any further, and yet we cannot for a moment forget the grim poverty of large numbers of people. Are not poverty and need the greatest polluters? — Indira Gandhi

There are grave misgivings that the discussion on ecology may be designed to distract attention from the problems of war and poverty. — Indira Gandhi

For me the only point that has remained unchanged through the years is that in India there is still so much poverty. — Indira Gandhi

I have certain objectives. They’re the same objectives my father had to give people a higher standard of living, to do away with the cancer of poverty, to eliminate the consequences of economic backwardness. — Indira Gandhi

They’re the problems of poverty, of the rights of the individual, of the changes brought about by technology. They’re the ones that count, more than religion! — Indira Gandhi


I was happy to be with my parents. I didn’t see very much of them, so I was very happy when my father was there and out of jail. — Indira Gandhi

If I’m happy, I look happy; if I’m angry, I show it. Without worrying about how others may react. — Indira Gandhi

Happiness is a state of mind, you know. I don’t think you are permanently happy. One is happy about certain things and not so happy about others. — Indira Gandhi

If you only knew what it did to me to have lived in that house where the police were bursting in to take everyone away! I certainly didn’t have a happy and serene childhood. — Indira Gandhi

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