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Quotations From INDIRA GANDHI

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  • 1.
    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, 1975).
  • 2.
    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). Of her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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  • 3.
    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.
  • 4.
    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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