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Indira Gandhi was India s third Prime Minister and the first female in India to assume this position. She was also a central figure in the Indian National Congress Party. As Prime Minister, Gandhi incurred several achievement under her belt. The liberation war of Bangladesh, the 1971 war victory against Pakistan, and the nationalization of banks were some of her achievements.
In Indira Gandhi: A Biography, author Pupul Jayakar enables readers to get a public as well as a private look at Mrs. Gandhi. Through an examination of her childhood and the political backdrop in which she grew up, readers will begin to understand the factors which shaped the first-female Prime Minister of India.
According to Jayakar s biography, it was no surprise that Indira s public and private lives were set against a political backdrop. Being the only daughter of India s first Prime Minister, Indira was essentially a child of politics. From her birth in 1917 until her death in 1984, Indira had served two terms in the role of Prime Minister. She had also attained other notable positions such as the Minister of Defence, Minister of External Affairs, and Minister of Finance. During her lifetime, Indira had established herself as a prominent political figure and leader in India.
Apart from the factual information that can be learned about India s first lady Prime Minister, Jayakar also uncovers Gandhi s numerous personalities. The author has meticulously detailed Gandhi s feelings, thoughts, prejudices, hates, faults, insight, loves, and even emotional entanglements. This biography is filled with startling insights which a close friend, relative, or employee would be able to gather.
Indira Gandhi: A Biography is presented in 8 parts. The book was first published in 1992.
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Pupul Jayakar was an author and Indian cultural activist. She was also a close-personal friend to the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Jayakar had authored other notable books such as J. Krishnamurti: A Biography, Fire In The Mind: Dialogues With J. Krishnamurti, and Textiles And Ornaments Of India: A Selection Of Designs.
Jayakar was a graduate of the Bedford College and the London School Of Economics. Upon returning to India, Jayakar started a children s magazine and later became involved in politics as an assistant to Mridula Sarabhai, a Congress activist. After Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister, Jayakar was appointed as Cultural Adviser. She also became the executive director of the Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation of India. Jayakar was also an active member in the Krishnamurti Foundation. She was married to Manmohan Jayakar. After marriage they both settled in Mumbai. Together, they had a daughter. Jayakar passed away in 1997.
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