20 rare and vintage pictures of former Indian PM Indira Gandhi

Photos: From celebrating Teej to meeting Margaret Thatcher: 20 rare and vintage pictures of former Indian PM Indira Gandhi

The only child of Jawaharlal Nehru and Kamla Nehru, Indira Gandhi became the third Prime Minister of India and one of the most popular ones till date. She served as the Prime Minister of India from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 to 1984, when she was assassinated.

As a child, Indira Gandhi was closely followed every activity of her father Jawaharlal Nehru. During her tenure as the PM, she was known for her political ruthlessness and centralisation of power. She went to war with Pakistan and presided over a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977.

In the aftermath of the unfortunate Operation Blue Star, she was assassinated in 1984. Here is a glimpse into the life of Indira Gandhi on the occasion of her 97th birth anniversary. She can be seen celebrating Teej and meeting eminent world leaders in these photos.

21 Sep 1937: Jawaharlal Nehru (1869 - 1964), President of the Indian Congress, with his daughter future Indian prime minister, Indira Nehru (Indira Priyardarshini Nehru, 1917 - 1984) in Bombay. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)



23rd June 1938: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in London for discussions. With him (right) is his daughter Indira Gandhi. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)



08 Oct 1942: Indian politician Indira Gandhi with politician and journalist Feroze Gandhi at their wedding in Allahabad, India, 8th October 1942. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (centre) with Indian Prime Minister Nehru and his daughter Indira, at Palam Airport, India, March 16th 1962. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



January 1967: Indian premier Indira Gandhi is surrounded by women folk dancers from the province of Rajasthan while sitting on a swing erected for a Teej Festival celebration at her residence in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)



Indian politician Indira Gandhi and US President Richard Nixon, talking at the White House, Washington D C, USA, November 9th 1971. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi greeting Iraqi vice-President Saddam Hussein, as he arrives in Delhi, April 2nd 1974. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



17th January 1980: Indira Gandhi receives garlands of flowers from well wishers after resuming premiership of India. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)



22nd March 1982: British prime minister Margaret Thatcher with the Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi, outside number 10 Downing Street. (Photo by Gary Stone/Central Press/Getty Images)



20th January 1966: Mrs Indira Gandhi with Mr Kamaraj and Mr Nanda makes a gesture of peace after her election as leader of the Congress Party. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)



Left to right: First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party Nikita Khrushchev, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin, Palam Airport, New Delhi, 18th November 1955. The Soviet leaders are on a tour of India and Burma. The airport is now known as Indira Gandhi International Airport. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



01 Jan 1961: American president John F. Kennedy with his wife Jackie, Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



Indian politician Indira Gandhi with two peasant women and their children in the garden of her father's residence in Delhi, circa 1960. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



01 Jan 1967: Indian prime minister Mrs Indira Gandhi with her two eldest sons Rajiv and Sanjay, in the garden of their Delhi home. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Getty Images)



01 Jan 1969: Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in discussion, 1969. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



6th April 1972: India's Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, flanked by Vice President G S Pathak, left, and Air Marshall P C Lal, at the Anniversary Parade of the Indian Air Force in New Delhi. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)



Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is congratulated on her victory by crowds of people following a legal battle, India, November 14th 1975. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



23rd June 1980: Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi with her younger son Sanjay, just before his death in a plane crash in Delhi. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)



India. 1982. Official visit of Spanish Kings to India. Spanish Kings with Indira Gandhi and her son. (Photo by Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images)



July 1956: India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, with his daughter Indira Gandhi future Prime Minister. They are being driven through the streets of London after the Freedom of the City of London was bestowed on Nehru at the Guild Hall. (Photo by Monty Fresco/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)


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