A Symbol of Pride
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