India’s 1st Woman PM, Doting Granny: Rare Pics of Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi surveying the flood ravaged areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in 1966.
Indira Gandhi surveying the flood ravaged areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in 1966.(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)

India’s 1st Woman PM, Doting Granny: Rare Pics of Indira Gandhi

(Indira Gandhi took over as the first female elected prime minister of India on 24 January 1966. This story has been republished from The Quint’s archives to mark the occasion. It was first published on 18 November 2017.)

1935: Indira with Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi during one of his visits to her family residence. ‘Indu’, as she was fondly known, was greatly influenced by Bapu from a very early age.
1935: Indira with Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi during one of his visits to her family residence. ‘Indu’, as she was fondly known, was greatly influenced by Bapu from a very early age.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)

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To commemorate the centenary celebrations of Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary on 19 November, The Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust will be exhibiting an exclusive collection of over 300 photographs.

Deepthi Sasidharan and Pramod Kumar KG, who have been working on the documentation and digitisation of over 90,000 photographs for the past four years, are the curators of the photo exhibition.

From a candid moment shared with her grandchildren. Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, to a deep-in-thought Prime Minister overseeing areas of flood-ravaged Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in 1966, some rare and unseen photographs of Indira Gandhi show her journey as a woman of courage and charisma.

1934-35: Indira with Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan. In her writings, Indira fondly remembers her time in Santiniketan where she went to study for a brief period. She writes about the free-spirited education system in Viswa Bharati University, where she cultivated a deep appreciation for art and culture.
1934-35: Indira with Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan. In her writings, Indira fondly remembers her time in Santiniketan where she went to study for a brief period. She writes about the free-spirited education system in Viswa Bharati University, where she cultivated a deep appreciation for art and culture.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)
1961: Indira Gandhi at Ellora in Maharashtra. The photograph was taken by her son Rajiv Gandhi.
1961: Indira Gandhi at Ellora in Maharashtra. The photograph was taken by her son Rajiv Gandhi.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira GandhiMemorial Trust, Archive)
1959: Indira Gandhi standing in the lawns of Anand Bhavan in Allahabad. A symbolic photograph where her childhood home stands in the background with her ancestral legacy, and she  stands as the Prime Minister with a vision to lead the country forward.
1959: Indira Gandhi standing in the lawns of Anand Bhavan in Allahabad. A symbolic photograph where her childhood home stands in the background with her ancestral legacy, and she stands as the Prime Minister with a vision to lead the country forward.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)
1968: Indira overlooking the Tungabhadra Dam on the day of its inauguration. She took keen interest in developmental projects and would always be voluntarily present at the site to understand the practical application of these projects.
1968: Indira overlooking the Tungabhadra Dam on the day of its inauguration. She took keen interest in developmental projects and would always be voluntarily present at the site to understand the practical application of these projects.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)
1967: Indira Gandhi looking at the statue of Krishnadevaraya at Sri Venkateswara temple in Tirupati.
1967: Indira Gandhi looking at the statue of Krishnadevaraya at Sri Venkateswara temple in Tirupati.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)

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1982: Indira Gandhi with her spiritual guru Anandamayi Ma in Haridwar. She openly acknowledged that she was deeply influenced by her guru and found solace in her teachings.
1982: Indira Gandhi with her spiritual guru Anandamayi Ma in Haridwar. She openly acknowledged that she was deeply influenced by her guru and found solace in her teachings.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)
1971: Indira Gandhi addressing a public gathering in Srinagar. Her father Jawaharlal Nehru was a Kashmiri Pandit and Kashmir has always been home to Indira Gandhi. She would frequently visit Kashmir and was much loved there.
1971: Indira Gandhi addressing a public gathering in Srinagar. Her father Jawaharlal Nehru was a Kashmiri Pandit and Kashmir has always been home to Indira Gandhi. She would frequently visit Kashmir and was much loved there.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)
1975: Indira Gandhi with her grandchildren Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi at the lotus pond in her official residence. Her entire family lived with her. She ensured she spent quality time with her family whenever got the opportunity.
1975: Indira Gandhi with her grandchildren Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi at the lotus pond in her official residence. Her entire family lived with her. She ensured she spent quality time with her family whenever got the opportunity.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)
1966: As the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi  surveys the flood-devastated areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from an airplane.
1966: As the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi surveys the flood-devastated areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from an airplane.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)
1964: Indira Gandhi with weavers from Apatani community in the North-East. She had always appreciated handloom products, and was a great patron of the industry.
1964: Indira Gandhi with weavers from Apatani community in the North-East. She had always appreciated handloom products, and was a great patron of the industry.
(Photo Courtesy: Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Archive)

These photographic exhibition will be open to the public on 21 November 2017 at 1, Safdarjung Road, her erstwhile residence, and now home to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum (IGMM).

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