The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi

Book - 2002
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On the morning of October 31, 1984, as she walked through her garden, smiling, with hands raised and palms pressed together in the traditional Indian namaste greeting, Indira Nehru Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards. She died as she had lived, surrounded by men, yet isolated. It was a violent end to a life of epic drama.
Here is the first popular biography of one of the world's most influential leaders, India's third prime minister. Brought up during an era that saw the rise of Indian nationalism, Indira was raised to be what her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, called "a child of revolution" - destined to play a political role in the creation and governing of an independent India. Despite her early reluctance to embrace this role, Indira eventually presided over a huge, complex, religiously riven, and male-dominated country. She was born to a wealthy, westernized family, but she had a gift for connecting with the poor of the countryside and the urban slums, the illiterate, the dispossessed - so much so that "Indira is India" became a familiar slogan. Throughout childhood, love, marriage, imprisonment, motherhood, and a sequence of personal and family tragedies, her personal hopes and desires were continually subsumed by the historical and political imperatives of her country.
In this beautifully written book, the acclaimed biographer Katherine Frank draws on unpublished sources and more than a hundred interviews to create a rich, balanced portrait. INDIRA captures in full color the personal and political fate of the leader of the world's largest democracy - the woman who played a dominant role in the history of the twentieth century and who, when it ended, was voted Woman of the Millennium by the BBC.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2002
ISBN: 9780395730973
Branch Call Number: 954.045092 G151fr 2002
Characteristics: xvii, 567 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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a100b Mar 26, 2012

It is a very well researched biography of Indira Gandhi. Lot of attention is being given to early childhood and teenage years of Indira which help a long way to understand her personality and decisions she made while serving in office. Given the complexity of Indian politics, anyone not familiar with it already will find this book a difficult read. The all important years of Indira's second and third tenure as PM of India (although it takes almost half of book) tend to run through events in a brisk !!!

Jul 06, 2009

The life of India's former Pm Indira Gandhi


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Jul 06, 2009

awake88 thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over


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