August 22, 1987 |
The Rev. Jesse Jackson gave Rep. Patricia Schroeder, a potential Democratic presidential rival, some encouragement on Friday, citing India under Indira Gandhi and Israel under Golda Meir as proof that women can lead nations. "We cannot have any misgivings about a woman's ability to run for office and be President," said Jackson, who became the first black to campaign for the office when he ran in 1984.
November 29, 1989 |
Five years after bodyguard Beant Singh shot and killed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his wife, Bimal Kaur Khalsa, on Tuesday was declared a member of the Indian Parliament. The assassin's father, Sucha Singh, was also declared a winner in the parliamentary elections that ended Sunday. In perhaps the ultimate rebuke to four decades of dynastic rule, voters in the north Indian state of Punjab delivered equally huge parliamentary victories for the two men accused of masterminding the assassination.
October 25, 1994 |
The favorite childhood pastime of the scion of India's First Family was to summon the servants, clamber on top of a table and deliver a rousing speech. "One day, I saw her standing at the balustrade of the veranda with outstretched arms," her doting aunt wrote. "She said, 'I'm practicing being Joan of Arc. I have been reading about her, and someday I am going to lead my people to freedom just as she did.'
April 26, 1992 |
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) is one of those rare political leaders about whom everything is documented yet very little is understood. As the daughter of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and granddaughter of pre-independence Congress Party president Motilal Nehru, she was born and raised in a fishbowl. The questions confronting a biographer are those of character and motivation, not raw fact.
January 23, 1986 |
Three Sikhs on Wednesday were sentenced to death by hanging for their part in the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The sentences were imposed by Judge Mahesh Chandra shortly after he convicted the three, ending a 254-day trial that began last May in a small, makeshift courtroom in Delhi's Tihar Jail. Satwant Singh, 22, a constable in Gandhi's bodyguard, was convicted of murdering Gandhi in the garden of her official residence on Oct. 31, 1984.
March 19, 1989
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said the government will release a secret report on his mother's assassination in order to stop "malicious innuendo" about what it contains. His mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated Oct. 31, 1984, by two Sikh bodyguards. Last week, the Indian Express newspaper said the report prepared by the Thakkar commission says R.K. Dhawan, Indira Gandhi's longtime aide, "consciously or unconsciously" facilitated the slaying.