October 31 is a day of mixed emotions in India’s independent history. On one hand, it is the birth anniversary of the man behind India’s integration, India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, and today on October 31, 2019, the Modi government has also undone a historical wrong by bifurcating the state of Jammu & Kashmir into separate Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. On the other hand, it also happens to be the death anniversary of India’s only woman Prime Minister till date, Indira Gandhi.
Having served for around 15 long years, in two different terms, first from 1966 to 1977 and then from 1980 to 1984, before she was assassinated by her bodyguards on the fateful day of October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is also the second longest serving Prime Minister of India till date, next only to her father. One of her achievements that continues to define her political career is the 1971 war.
Her fans claim that it was due to Indira Gandhi’s visionary leadership that Pakistan could be partitioned and a new country, Bangladesh could be formed. She is largely credited with India’s exceptional military exploits. Read More