We had seen many accounts on Indira Gandhi as Prime minister of India but this title demonstrates both Indira as the iron lady and political leader and also the flesh-and-blood woman.
Born in 1917, Indira was marinated in a political environment from an early age. Her family home became a hub of the national movement. She saw politics of another kind.
Her sickly mother and she was the target of unkind attacks from her aunts. And her celebrated father had no patience for illness, was desperate to sculpt his daughter into his version of perfection. Indira simply couldn’t keep up with his expectations and he father grew disappointment and dismissiveness.
Later the world witnessed another Inidra-the powerful bold and unquestionable Indira –the high command of the Congress and, indeed, the most powerful Prime Minister India has ever had.
This biographical portrait looks for answers to lingering issues: from why Indira revoked the Emergency to her son Sanjay’s curious grip over her; and her exceptional journey from her bad marriage and love affairs to her dangerous religious politics.