Indira Gandhi is regarded as one of India’s most influential political personalities. As the first lady Prime Minister, she dealt with issues with an iron hand and became dreaded and respected, both at the same time. Today, India has a set perception about her as far as her political affairs are concerned, but there is hardly any insight into her personal affairs and deeds that were controversial and shocking.
Underneath all the glorified perception, there was a side to Indira Gandhi that was unbecoming and undignified. Her growing up years were mostly spent alone and unsupervised since Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru was mostly travelling on political commitments and mother suffered from constant bout of illness.
The death of Sanjiv Gandhi in a helicopter crash remains shrouded in mystery, but there are plausible published theories by historians that suggest foul play.
There is no denying that Sanjay Gandhi was climbing the popularity charts at the rate of knots. Indira Gandhi, who was becoming obsessed with authority, was said to have become insecure and felt threatened by her own blood. Sanjay Gandhi often tried to blackmail Indira Gandhi about Mohammad Yunus, who was Sanjay’s father. Sanjay Gandhi despised Muslims and that scared Indira Gandhi, who quickly calculated that Sanjay’s agenda could affect the muslim vote bank… The accident was unexplainable. It was a new machine and it nosedived to a crash without exploding. This happens only when there is no suffiecient fuel. The flight register, however, showed that the fuel tank was full before take off. Indira Gandhi, using her influence of PM’s office, stonewalled any inquiry..
When the news of Sanjay Gandhi’s death reached Indira Gandhi, her first question was ‘Where are his keys and his wristwatch?’ Now, why would she ask that question? There was no pain at hearing the news of the death of her elder son, there was only concern of a different kind. There were some deep secrets about the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in those objects.
Indira Gandhi had a weakness for well-dressed, sophisticated men.
It is not a crime, but is it morally right to indulge in shady behavior while occupying the Prime Minister’s office? Just like her father, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi too was involved in plenty of affairs. Her first notable link-up was with her German teacher at Shantiniketan. Her next affair was with M.O. Mathai, father’s secretary. Later, she is alleged to have had an affair with her yoga teacher, Dhirendra Brahmachari. Indira had a weakness for smart, intelligent and well-dressed men. Millions of women do. She disregarded the gravity of her office and allowed herself to be distracted by wicked thoughts. Dinesh Singh, who was a foreign minister was yet another man in Indira’s life.
In fact, it is widely known that Sanjay Gandhi was not the son of Feroz Gandhi. He was the son of another Muslim gentleman named Mohammad Yunus.
The mastermind behind ‘Blue Star Operation’
Operation Blue Star was a military operation which was ordered by Indira Gandhi to remove Sikh militants, who were gathering weapons in Golden Temple in Amritsar to protect the Golden Temple, in order to establish control over it. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers persuaded people to follow the rules and protect Amritsar. The whole operation took place to eradicate the control of Sikhism and capture the control on Amritsar. This operation killed more than 12000 people in Golden Temple and other Gurudwaras. Thousands of innocent visiting pilgrims and temple workers lost their lives in a sacred place of worship. Indira Gandhi reflected zero sensitivity to the damage, which later led to her death.
Her two body guards, Satwanta Singh and Beant Singh, killed Indira Gandhi because of her decision to attack the Golden Temple and Sikh Community. Nobody can justify the action, it was a terrorist act and was dealt with accordingly, but one must never forget the root cause.
The book “The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi” (ISBN: 9780007259304) by Katherine Frank sheds light on some of Indira Gandhi’s other love affairs.
Editor’s note: Indira Gandhi is India’s most popular Prime Minister till date. Her life as a politician, husband, wife and son has attracted global attention. A lot has already been written about India’s first lady Prime Minister, but there several less-talked about aspects, dark truths that we tend to ignore because at a sub-conscious level, we don’t feel the need to disturb our established feelings. Voice of Nation believes otherwise. It believes truth, or the perception of it, must be brought out. We cannot suppress the truth on the pretext that it will hurt some people. Also, if there is no legitimacy to the perception and facts, the Gandhi family must ensure it comes out and denies all charges. Otherwise, everything could be considered true.