From mome ki gudiya to Durga: A look at Indira Gandhi's life on her 32nd death anniversary

Speed News Desk | First published: 31 October 2016, 15:40 IST
Portrait of Indian leader Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) / Photo by Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Indira Gandhi, the first woman Prime Minister of India, was a force to reckon with. Thirty-two years after her assassination, her legacy and actions are still talked about.

Today, 31 October, marks her death anniversary. Catch presents seven interesting facts about the Iron Lady of India:

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1. Senior politicians and her detractors such as Morarji Desai, would often call her 'mom ki gudiya' (wax doll), in an effort to undermine her. Over time, the 'wax doll' came to be known as the Durga after she successfully led the country with her liberation of Bangladesh and the war against Pakistan.

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2. Indira Gandhi served her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as an unofficial personal assistant for a long time. However, according to Katherin Frank's book Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi, she wasn't keen on joining politics initially.