At the Inaugural Women L.E.A.D Meeting on Oct 14th, I had an opportunity to profile one of the Women Leaders. I chose to spoke about India’s First and Only Woman Prime Minister – “Indira Gandhi”.
Growing up in India, I was inspired by Prime Minister “Indira Gandhi”. She was the “First woman Prime Minister” of India. The country was young, finding its feet. The awareness for women rights and encouragement was not widely adopted. It was great to see her emerge as a leader among all politicians. I remember her as a fearless leader and a role model for women and girls in India.
Indira Gandhi was bold in her actions. She liberated and recognized Bangladesh, pioneered India’s space program, and introduced technology to improve agriculture for making India self-sufficient in food. She nationalized private industries and banks to create more jobs and protected savings of Indians.
Early steps taken by her, set tone for India’s progress. She was the first Prime Minister to declare “Emergency” to stabilize the country. Although, unpopular decision, she went ahead with it. As a leader, she was bold and set India on a progression path. She left a legacy in India politics, and is remembered to date for her work.
Written by: Dr. Anita Jindal (Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters)