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Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Indirā Priyadarśinī Gāndhī, née Nehru; 19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms (1966–77) and a fourth term (1980–84). Gandhi was the second female head of government in the world after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, and she remains as the world's second longest serving... more »

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  • ''Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood ... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.''
    Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), Indian prime minster. speech, Oct. 30, 1984, in Delhi on the eve of her assassination by Sikh militants.
  • ''There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.''
    Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), Indian politician, prime minister. Quoted by Oriana Fallaci in "Indira's Coup," New York Review of Books (September 18, 197...
  • ''My father was a statesman, I'm a political woman. My father was a saint. I'm not.''
    Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), Indian politician, prime minister. quoted in Oriana Fallaci, "Indira's Coup," New York Review of Books (Sept. 18, 1975). ...
  • ''You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.''
    Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), Indian politician, prime minister. Quoted in People (New York, June 30, 1975).
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