Indira Gandhi : A Biography

Indira Gandhi : A Biography

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Author: Pupul Jayakar
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1995/2003
Language: English
Pages: 539
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140114629


Full of startling insights, this biography paints a magnificent portrait-at once empathetic and unprejudiced-of one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable women. An important book, honestly written by someone close enough to see and understand the essential Indira.

Indira Gandhi’s life spanned over two-thirds of a century. By the time of her brutal assassination in 1984, she had established herself as the most significant political leader India had seen since the death of her father, Jawaharlal Nehru. In this book, written with the close cooperation of her subject, Pupul Jayakar seeks to uncover the many personalities that lay hidden within Mrs. Gandhi. Much more than a political biography, the book reveals the complex personality of Indira Gandhi-her thoughts and feelings, her hates and prejudices, Indira Gandhi-her thoughts and feelings, her hates and prejudices, her insights and her faults, her loves and emotional entanglements.


The book is both interesting and enlightening. Jayakar’s special relationship with Mrs. Gandhi has given her a unique insight into her subject’s personality. -I K Gujral

This book has to be read for sheer enjoyment…It is vital, vibrant and occasionally vulgar like life itself. -The Statesman

Indira Gandhi’s life was part to the unfolding history of India, intricately woven with India’s past and future. It became inevitable, therefore, that politics formed a backdrop to her public and often private actions.




Part I to Part VIII