Indira Priyanarshini Gandhi
Jawaharlal Nehru's only daughter (and no relation to Mahtm
Gandhi), Indira Gandhi served as Prime Minister for three consecutive
terms and was re-elected to a fourth term in 1980. Mrs. Gandhi had many
admirers and many critics. During her third term in office, she declared
a national emergencyrevoking all freedoms of speech, assembly, and
the press. In addition, she authorized curfew restrictions, arrests without
warrants, the jailing of critics and opponents without habeas corpus,
and surprise searches of offices and homes by tax and investigation bureaus.
Throughout this time, however, trains, buses, and government workers came
and went on time.
In 1984, Mrs. Gandhi's personal bodyguards assassinated her at her residence.
Retaliatory killings, as well as burnings and riots in Delhi and surrounding
areas, broke out after her deathexacerbating the tension between
Hindus and Sikhs in India and overseas.
[top] Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi. Letter written from Parliament,
New Delhi, to Mrs. A. W. W. [Lucile] Kyle, July 23, 1968. Lucile Moore
Kyle, director of an importing business based in Montreal, dealt with
Indian businesses and people. [bottom] Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi. Holiday
card to Mrs. A. W. W. [Lucile] Kyle, December 1972, depicting a tiger
from the Kanha National Park.
Both items from the Lucile Moore Kyle Papers, #6340. Gift of Lisa
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