A Sym­bol of Pride

Southasia - - 9 -

Your pro­file of Indira Gandhi was beau­ti­fully writ­ten and pre­sented. South Asia has had some re­mark­able women lead­ing it and Indira Gandhi was no ex­cep­tion. Known as a leader of will and force, she gov­erned a na­tion that con­stantly found it­self in strife. Though many term her two decades of gov­er­nance as an au­to­cratic – al­most dic­ta­to­rial - rule, it must be men­tioned that it was un­der her guid­ance that In­dia en­tered the nu­clear age in 1974 and the space age in 1980. Con­fi­dent and de­ter­mined not to let her na­tion fall be­hind, Gandhi was at the fore when In­dia de­feated Pak­istan in the 1971 war that ul­ti­mately gave birth to the new na­tion of Bangladesh. It is true that un­der her rule, In­dia’s for­eign pol­icy leaned heav­ily to­wards the Sovi­ets, ren­der­ing In­dia lit­tle in­ter­na­tional sup­port. Do­mes­ti­cally too, it was her fate­ful mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion, Blue Star, that at­tempted to crush the Sikh move­ment, ul­ti­mately lead­ing to her as­sas­si­na­tion.

Indira Gandhi will al­ways be re­mem­bered for her strong de­ter­mi­na­tion, ded­i­ca­tion to her coun­try and a con­fi­dence that few women at the time com­manded. She is not only a sym­bol of pride for In­di­ans but also for the en­tire South Asian re­gion that has pro­duced re­mark­able women and con­tin­ues to do so, up till this very day.

Pooja Agar­wal Mum­bai, In­dia

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