Indira Gandhi


Sierra Mcintosh '20, Reporter

In the timespan of planet Earth’s existence, there really hasn’t been many women in a prominent position of power on the scale like Vigdis Finnbogadottir was when she was the President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. However, there was another woman who equalized Vigdis in this aspect, this woman was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, a top leader of the Indian National Congress. Indira Gandhi was the first (and only so far) prime minister of India.

In places like India, this is quite extraordinary as men in that country typically tend to view women as lesser beings  compared to themselves. She caused quite a lot of growth both socially, and economically for the country. A clear instance of this when Indira agreed to The Shimla Agreement with Pakistan’s president, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Indira could have chose the violent path of resolution for India, but instead she decided that a peaceful solution would be wise for her country. Prior to the agreement, Indira made the decision to join the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. By deciding to join the war, Indira knew of the economical benefits that would come from joining the conflict. Indira also had the best interest at heart for India, as she came to the conclusion that it would be wise to abolish the Privy Purse, which was always given to royalty. Getting rid of this would better establish the topic of equal rights and to reduce the government’s revenue deficit. Indira Gandhi was a fine example of what a woman’s actions could do to better the overall state of her country. Alas, her greatness was interrupted during her fourth term in office when she was assassinated in 1984.