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Indira Gandhi Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 19, 2022

Short Biography

Indira Gandhi, the third Prime Minister of India, was born on 19th November 1917. She served the nation from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until 1984. She was an Indian Socialist, politician and till date the only female to hold the position of Prime Minister in India.

Other Name: Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi
Other Professions: Politician Socialist

Indira Gandhi Complete Bio & Career

Indira was born in the politically influential Nehru family She was the only child of Jawaharlal Nehru, who became the first Prime Minister after India's independence.  Indira got her "Gandhi" nickname after marriage with Firoz Gandhi. After completing her schooling in 1934-35, she took admission in Vishav-Bharati University, built by Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan. After this, he went to England and took admission in the entrance examination of the University of Oxford, but she could not clear it, and after spending a few months at the Badminton School in Bristol, she got admission in Somerville College, Oxford, after she was successful in the examination in 1937.
 After returning to India from Oxford in 1941, he joined the Indian Independence Movement. During this time, she met Feroz Gandhi, who was studying at the London School of Economics. Finally, on March 16, 1942, she married Firoz on a private, ceremony in Allahabad. At that time the fire of 'Non-Cooperation Movement' was ignited in the country. In September 1942, he was jailed without charge. He was released on 13 May 1943. This was the first time in 1947 to serve the people who came from neighbouring countries during the Partition of India-Pakistan. When Indira is associated with public service. During the first general election in India around 1951, Nehru and Firoz were contesting from the Rae Bareli area, which was promoted by Indira very passionately.
Indira contested between 1959 and 1960 and was elected president of the Indian National Congress. Her tenure was incidental. She was playing the role of head of her father's staff. Indira Gandhi was made the Information and Broadcasting Minister after her father's death. after Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri became the Prime Minister and after the death of Shastri in 1966, she elected Congress for the post of Prime Minister. Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi emerged as a powerful leader after becoming the Prime Minister. Then the Congress party was divided into two factions, Mrs Gandhi led by socialist and Morarji Desai led Conservative. Morarji Desai used to call them "dumb doll". Internal problems arose in 1967 elections where Congress lost nearly 60 seats and secured 297 seats in the 545-seat Lok Sabha. 
Immediately after this, there was an Indo-Pak war in 1971 which was surrendered by the Pakistani army, which consequently Indira Gandhi signed the Simla Agreement to the Pakistani President. Under this agreement, the Kashmir dispute was resolved. Because of Indira Gandhi, Bangladesh became an independent nation. After this, Indira Gandhi lost in the next election. In 1980, Sanjay Gandhi died in a Delhi plane crash. After Sanjay Gandhi's death, Rajiv Gandhi was elected to the leader. Indira Gandhi declared states of emergency in states from 1975 to 1977 and ordered to implement it in all the states. 

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Honours & Awards

Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 1971 Social Work

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Indira Gandhi died on 31-10-1984 in New- Delhi, India. The assailants had fired 31 bullets at her from two sources, a Sten gun, and a pistol. From which 30 bullets had hit, 23 had passed through her body and 7 were trapped inside her.

She was declared dead at 2:20 PM at AIIMS. Her post-mortem examination was conducted by a team of doctors headed by Dr. T.D. Dogra. He extracted bullets from her body. He established the identity of the weapons and to match each weapon with the bullets. The bullets were matched with respective weapons at CFSL Delhi. Salma Sultan gave the first news of her death on Doordarshan's evening news on 31 October 1984, after 10 hours from her shot. She died two weeks and five days before her 67th birthday.

DEATHDAY 31 October,1984 (Wednesday)

Life's Important Dates Of Indira Gandhi

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Allahabad, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address New Delhi, India
School Modern School, Delhi,
St Cecilia's and St Mary's Christian convent schools, Allahabad
Badminton School
College University of Mumbai
Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan
Somerville College
Qualification Graduation
Hobbies Travelling, Listening Music
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black
Favorite Sport Hockey
Favorite Politician Jawaharlal Nehru
Favorite Place London

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Indira Gandhi

  • Indira Gandhi was a child revolutionary leader and her father was involved in many movements at the time. She burnt her dolls because the dolls were made in England.
  • Indira Gandhi was widely known for his steps to reduce the birth rate in India. She wanted India to prosper and reduce its population growth rate. Indira’s son, Sanjay worked particularly on reducing the birth rate.
  • On March 16, 1942, she married Firoz in a private, ceremony in Allahabad
  • Indira Gandhi was elected Congress President in 1960.
  • On July 1969, she was the first who nationalized the banks.
  • She was awarded the highest honor of India, Bharat Ratna in the year 1971.
  • Bangladesh became an independent nation because of Indira Gandhi,
  • She was awarded by Lenin Peace Prize in 1983.
  • She was the only child of first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
  • She also served as Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the Cabinet of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Indira Gandhi Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Indira Gandhi was 66 years 11 months & 12 days old age.