May 14, 2004 |
Sonia Gandhi, the woman who Thursday staged one of India's memorable electoral comebacks, is a reluctant politician with a distaste for the rough and tumble of politics. Gandhi is said to have threatened to divorce her husband, Rajiv, after he decided to enter politics to succeed his assassinated mother and former prime minister, Indira Gandhi. After Rajiv's assassination in 1991, Sonia Gandhi became a virtual recluse. She avoided Indian politics and tried to shield her two children from it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1998 |
Fifteen years after she became the first American woman in space, Sally Ride now has a place in the history California teaches its schoolchildren. She's in pretty fair company, next to Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and Jackie Robinson in a second-grade unit on heroes past and present. But Indira Gandhi, the first woman to become prime minister of India and a pivotal figure in the development of the world's most populous democracy, failed to make the cut.
August 10, 1997
'Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the great triumphs and achievements that await us.' Nehru was India's first premier, from its founding until his death in 1964. Some key dates: Aug. 15, 1947: India, a British territory, gains independence. Jan. 30, 1948: Independence leader Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi is assassinated by a Hindu fanatic.
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.
May 26, 1991 |
Just hours before the body of slain Indian leader Rajiv Gandhi was cremated, one of the oldest, gentlest members of his long-ruling Congress-I Party stood up at an emergency meeting of party elders to suggest, in the softest terms, that it might be time for them to change their ways.