In 1969, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi nationalised 14 private banks in one fell swoop. Although aimed at uplifting the economy, it was also a political move to silence her rivals in Congress. Here’s how Indira executed it, with cloak-and-dagger stealth and precision.
India’s only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, made the cut as a powerful syndicate in the Congress party wanted a puppet. But it didn’t take the ‘goongi gudiya’ long to prove she had nerves of steel. Here’s the story of Gandhi’s spectacular rise and how she held her own.
Was she a ‘slayer of evil’ or a hero who took her story too far? India’s only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi’s political destiny, and that of the country, was defined by the tumultuous events of the 1970s – a war, the Emergency and two mid-term polls.
When India went to war with Pakistan in 1965, it took on a war machine that was technically superior. But India delivered a fitting reply and emerged stronger. Find out what the conflict meant for India and how it changed power equations in the subcontinent.
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