#Indira100: Commemorating Indira Gandhi’s Birth Centenary

Indira Gandhi Chair Environmental Sciences

Today is the centenary birth anniversary of India’s premier and only woman Prime Minister – Indira Gandhi. Born in Allahabad, she was the only child of Kamla and Jawaharlal Nehru.

A lot of politicians took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Iron lady of India.


Indira Gandhi served as the Prime Minister of India for two terms, 1966-77 and again from 1980-84. She was assassinated in 1984. Let’s pay her a tribute by remembering some of her insightful quotes. 

On work

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

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On winning and losing elections

Winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening the country.

On importance of forgiveness

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

On the power of question

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

On Indian freedom struggle

All the people who fought for freedom were my heroes. I mean, that was the sort of story I liked reading… freedom struggles and so on.”

On environmental conservation

We have to prove to the disinherited majority of the world that ecology and conservation will not work against their interest but will bring an improvement in their lives.

I’ve never turned to anybody for advice and counsel. Even when I was a very small child, I had to stand on my feet because of the circumstances of those times, and somehow, the circumstances have remained more or less the same. I have to take my own decisions.

Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood… will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.

On cleanliness

If I see something dirty or untidy, I have to clean it up.

On happiness

Happiness is a state of mind, you know. I don’t think you are permanently happy. One is happy about certain things and not so happy about others.

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