Commemorating her grandmother Indira Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said that while the US has elected a woman as Vice President in 2020, India elected a woman leader decades age. Taking to Twitter, she wrote that the US Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris’ victory is a proud moment for Indians, but the country had chosen Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister fifty years ago and that will always be “an inspiration for women worldwide.”
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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi further added in her tweet, “Indira ji”s courage and strength will always inspire women all over the world.” She hailed the former PM for her leadership and shared a back and white photo of her with her grandmother.
.@KamalaHarris 2020 में अमेरिका की पहली उप-राष्ट्रपति बनीं। आज इंदिरा जी की जयंती पर हमें एहसास होना चाहिए कि भारत की जनता ने 50 साल पहले ही एक महिला, श्रीमती इंदिरा गांधी को अपना प्रधानमंत्री चुना। इंदिरा जी का साहस व सामर्थ्य पूरे विश्व भर में महिलाओं को हमेशा प्रेरित करेगी। pic.twitter.com/nX3WYh2363
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 19, 2020
The tweet was shared on the eve of Indira Gandhi’s 103rd birth anniversary. Gandhi was India’s first and only woman prime minister, who served on the post from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984.
Kamala Harris, a senator for the state of California and a former state attorney general, recently became the first woman of Indian-origin and the woman ever to be elected as US Vice President. Earlier this month, Congress president Sonia Gandhi sent a congratulatory letter to Harris on her victory in the 20202 US elections and said that the country is waiting to welcome “a beloved daughter of India”.
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“Your victory is a victory for the noble values enshrined in the American Constitution — democracy, social justice, and racial and gender equality,” Sonia Gandhi wrote in her note.
“It is a triumph for Black Americans and Indian Americans, and for the humanity, compassion and inclusiveness that you have stood for throughout your public and political life. I admire the unwavering courage with which you have fought for your convictions — the beliefs and values you imbibed from your remarkable mother!” she added.
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