Re­mem­ber­ing Indira

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The Con­gress plans to cel­e­brate the birth cen­te­nary of for­mer prime min­is­ter Indira Gandhi with fan­fare. Events in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion of 200 archived images fea­tur­ing mo­ments from her life at the Indira Gandhi Memo­rial Mu­seum at 1, Saf­dar­jung Road in New Delhi. With the ex­cep­tion of three years, it was the for­mer prime min­is­ter’s res­i­dence from the time she was the in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­is­ter in 1964 to when she was as­sas­si­nated on Oc­to­ber 31, 1984. The ex­hi­bi­tion will also dis­play her day-to-day be­long­ings — orig­i­nal diaries, post­cards, books, hand­writ­ten cor­re­spon­dence and per­sonal be­long­ings. One of the high­lights of the ex­hi­bi­tion will be a colour film of her wed­ding to Feroze Gandhi in 1942 at Anand Bha­van, Al­la­habad. Another rare footage will show the strug­gle and dec­la­ra­tion of Bangladesh’s in­de­pen­dence from Pak­istan in 1971. The ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case her “war on poverty”, her con­tri­bu­tion to the Green Rev­o­lu­tion and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion.

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