Yes… I abhor Indira Gandhi…You know why?
Although counted among the most charismatic leaders, Indira Gandhi was labeled as a ‘Dumb doll’ when she stepped into the political arena. But, proving everyone wrong she acquired the status of ‘Iron Lady’. Indira’s name was also associated with various controversies and the stains are so deep that it still haunts even after her death and her dogmatism made me have a strong disdain for her.
1.Indira Gandhi declared emergency in 1975 and tried to silence her opponents ranging from politics to the media which made the dictatorship rule in the country and thousands of people were arrested which caused great unrest and chaos in the country.
2. Operation Bluestar is one of the black chapters of independent India. In 80’s the separatist in Punjab’s province were at their peak. Indira’s operation Bluestar was a decision to suppress the emergence of Sikh extremism in Punjab. Under this operation the armed troops of the Indian Army had entered the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar. Golden Temple witnessed heavy bloodshed (in thousands) and it ended by removing possession of Sikh separatists’ from the complex.
3. Sterilization law (to control the population of the country); Indira Gandhi on the advice of Sanjay Gandhi took stringent decision where people were being forcefully sterilized. However the decision was to take a control on the population of the country. But the government’s forceful sterilization made it unpopular among ordinary people, due to which Indira Gandhi’s government faced enormous anger.
4. Indira Gandhi’s slogan of ‘Poverty Alleviation’ or ‘Garabi Hatao’ in the 1971 elections made her win 352 Lok Sabha seats. However, under the anti-poverty program, only 4% of the entire fund for economic development was allocated which was infact a ‘Gareeb Hatao’ slogan and she was banned from contesting elections for 6 years.
5. In M.O. Mathai’s autobiography Mathai claimed to have been Indira’s lover for 12 years and once made her pregnant. She had to have an abortion. Pupul Jayakar (wrote a biography on Indira Gandhi) also wrote that while a student at Shantiniketan she’d fallen in love with a German who taught her French.
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About the Author:
Hameeta Kaur Malhotra,(M.A. English) ,An avid reader, Writer, Foodie,Lover of Literature and Linguistics and Sarcasm,Observant and Speculative