Indira Gandhi – Priyadarshini

A postage stamp on Indira Gandhi Commemoration (4th Issue) :

1018-indira-gandhi-priyadarshini-india-stamp-1985Issued by India

Issued on Nov 19, 1985

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Watermark : No

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 300 Paise

Printed at : India Security Press

Name : Indira Priyadarshini Nehru

Born on Nov 19, 1917 at Allahabad, United Provinces, British India

Died on Oct 31, 1984 at New Delhi, India

About : 

  • Indira Gandhi was born on 19th November, 1917 in Allahabad. She was named Indira Priyadarshini “She who one loves to look upon”. In a letter to Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion, Sarojini Naidu wrote : “This child will be the new soul of India. Indira Priyadarshini had her early education in Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan and Switzerland. Later she joined Sommerville College at Oxford, England.
  • Young Indira was actively involved in the country’s freedom struggle from a very early age. She founded the ‘Balcharkha Sangh’ and in 1930, the ‘Vanar Sena’ of children to help the Congress party during the non-cooperation movement. Her father Jawaharlal Nehru influenced her deeply. To her, he was a companion, a teacher and a colleague. His letters from the prison Letters from a father to a daughter and also Glimpses of World History imparted to her a sense of history and heritage and a global view of the world, a view that found expression as she matured, in her perceptions and actions. Indira was married to Feroze Gandhi, a childhood friend on March 26, 1942. Indira and Feroze were closely associated with the non-cooperation movement. On India’s Independence she wrote : It is one of the proudest and most exciting moments of my life.
  • Throughout Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure of 17 years as Prime Minister, Indira was active at home in various capacities. She was the official hostess for her father and met a large number of world personalities, each new meeting and experience enriching her personality and preparing her for the role she would later play in shaping India.
  • In January 1966, she was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India. Indira had a tough determination and led the country ahead with her inexhaustible capacity to work, and an uncanny sense of timing.

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