Indira Ghandi

Known as the “Iron Lady,” Indira Ghandi was the first female Prime Minister of India and the second longest tenured. She began her career as the personal assistant to the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who was her father. Upon his departure from this role she won election at 40 years of age serving from 1966-1977 and 1980-1984.

She believed in centralization of power and her motto was, “Remove Poverty.” She was assassinated in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards when she ordered the removal of their militant leader.

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