Born to Kamala and Jawaharlal Nehru (India’s first Prime Minister), Indira Gandhi (19 November 1917—31 October 1984) was elected the President of the Congress party in 1959 and became the Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the cabinet of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India. She went on to become India’s third and the only female Prime Minister in 1966. She served two terms as the Prime Minister—from January 1966 to March 1977 and from January 1980 till her assassination on 31 October 1984.
As 19 November 2017 would mark the Birth Centenary of Indira Gandhi, Overman Foundation takes the opportunity to publish a set of her photographs with the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram—with whom Mrs. Gandhi had a special bond—in its website as a homage to the great leader that she was.
With warm regards,
The following photographs were taken on 4 October 1955 when Indira Gandhi had visited Pondicherry for the first time with her father and the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. She was accompanied by Lal Bahadur Shastri and Kumaraswami Kamraj, the erstwhile Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This was Indira Gandhi’s first visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.
The following photographs were taken on 6 October 1969 when Indira Gandhi had visited the Mother with Nandini Satpathy, the erstwhile Chief Minister of Orissa who was also an ardent devotee of the Mother.
Photographs courtesy: Ms. Tara Jauhar