Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remembered Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary as an able prime minister and a beloved grandmother. Sharing a black and white picture of Indira Gandhi, India's first woman prime minister, on her 103rd birth anniversary, Rahul Gandhi wrote in Hindi: "A tribute on the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi ji, an able and strong prime minister.
"The entire nation still hails her impressive leadership, but I always remember her as my beloved grandmother. Her teachings inspire me constantly," he added.
Rahul Gandhi posted a black and white picture of his grandmother while sharing the tribute on Twitter, and another throwback picture on Instagram.
एक कार्यकुशल प्रधानमंत्री और शक्ति स्वरूप श्रीमती इंदिरा गांधी जी की जयंती पर श्रद्धांजलि।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 19, 2020
पूरा देश उनके प्रभावशाली नेतृत्व की आज भी मिसाल देता है लेकिन मैं उन्हें हमेशा अपनी प्यारी दादी के रूप में याद करता हूँ। उनकी सिखायी हुई बातें मुझे निरंतर प्रेरित करती हैं। pic.twitter.com/9RHDnAClOJ
Rahul Gandhi also paid floral tributes to the former prime minister at Shakti Sthal, her memorial.
The official Instagram account of the Indian National Congress shared another rare picture of Indira Gandhi on her 103rd birth anniversary. The picture shows her with daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi. "A connection that surpassed boundaries. A bond that strengthened the unity. A love that moulded the future of this country. Such was the connection of Smt #IndiraGandhi with Congress President Smt #SoniaGandhi," the Congress wrote while posting the black and white photograph.
Born on this day in 1917 in Allahabad, now known as Prayagraj, Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, country's first Prime Minister. She was the prime minister between 1966 and 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in 1984.
Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards at her official residence on October 31, 1984, months after she ordered Operation Bluestar, in which the army entered the Golden Temple in Amritsar, one of the holiest Sikh shrines, to remove separatists hiding inside.
Rahul Gandhi is the son of Rajiv Gandhi, India's youngest Prime Minister, who took charge of the Congress in 1984 following the assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi.