Indira The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi

ISBN-10: 039573097X

ISBN-13: 9780395730973

Edition: 2001

Authors: Katherine Frank

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On the morning of October 31, 1984, as she walked through her garden, smiling, with hands raised and palms pressed together in the traditional Indian namaste greeting, Indira Nehru Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards. She died as she had lived, surrounded by men, yet isolated. It was a violent end to a life of epic drama. Here is the first popular biography of one of the world's most influential leaders, India's third prime minister. Brought up during an era that saw the rise of Indian nationalism, Indira was raised to be what her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, called "a child of revolution" - destined to play a political role in the creation and governing of an independent India. Despite her early reluctance to embrace this role, Indira eventually presided over a huge, complex, religiously riven, and male-dominated country. She was born to a wealthy, westernized family, but she had a gift for connecting with the poor of the countryside and the urban slums, the illiterate, the dispossessed - so much so that "Indira is India" became a familiar slogan. Throughout childhood, love, marriage, imprisonment, motherhood, and a sequence of personal and family tragedies, her personal hopes and desires were continually subsumed by the historical and political imperatives of her country. In this beautifully written book, the acclaimed biographer Katherine Frank draws on unpublished sources and more than a hundred interviews to create a rich, balanced portrait. INDIRA captures in full color the personal and political fate of the leader of the world's largest democracy - the woman who played a dominant role in the history of the twentieth century and who, when it ended, was voted Woman of the Millennium by the BBC.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/7/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Katherine Frank's most recent biography, "A Passage to Egypt: The Life of Lucie Duff Gordon", earned a rave front-page review in the "New York Times Book Review". Frank is also the author of "A Voyager Out", a life of Mary Kingsley, & "A Chainless Soul", a life of Emily Bronte, which was hailed by New York Daily News. Her work on "Indira" involved six years of extensive travel & research.

List of Illustrations
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Indira Nehru
Descent from Kashmir
'Hua'
Breathing with Her Heels
Indu-Boy
Enter Feroze
In the Black Forest
A Veteran at Parting
The Magic Mountain
Indira Gandhi
Not a Normal, Banal, Boring Life
Things Fall Apart
Metamorphosis
Towards a Hat Trick
Prime Minister Gandhi
I am the Issue
Seeing Red
No Further Growing
Drastic, Emergent Action
The Rising Son
Witch-Hunt
Fault Lines
Another Amritsar
31 October 1984
After Indira
Epilogue
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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