A postage stamp on Indira Gandhi Commemoration (4th Issue) :
Issued 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
- 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 ‘Bal–charkha 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.