It was not without reason that Indira Gandhi was called the Iron lady. In her last speech in 1984 she had uncannily said “I am alive today, I may not be there tomorrow. I shall continue to serve till my last breath and when I die every drop of my blood will strengthen India and keep a united India alive”.

Indira Gandhi

The lady who is a proof that a woman can mould the shape of a country’s history is fondly remembered for her strong and steady decisions. Till date, no one can contest on Indira Gandhi’s way of running the country. But perhaps this very steadfastness and firmness caused her own demise at the hand of her own bodyguard. The Operation Blue Star, still being a topic of debate.

Some of her words are etched in stone and a guiding light for many across the world.

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Indira Gandhi was a visionary who made most of the present to make the future better. She wanted to see India united and strong enough to face the world proudly. Perhaps our politicians today can learn a little from her wisdom she parted with years ago.

A nation’s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.

If only all the ministers in Congress (or for that matter any political party) can understand the following line and realize their pettiness

One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.

What made her remarkably different from any politician in history of India is her cool resolute and acceptance of her character.

My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.

She was neither politically incorrect, nor widely offensive in her remarks.

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.

And not only politicians, she was quite clear on what is expected from citizens of a country too.

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.

When I look at the newspapers today and see pages after pages of corruption driven politics replete of rich politicians spending common man’s money on their weddings, the unruly parliamentary sessions, rampant strife among party members; I sincerely wish that for once Indira Gandhi be reborn to sow some order and method in this country once again.

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