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PENCIL PORTRAIT: Indira Gandhi

Indira-SaptaIndira Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was one of the strongest leaders of post-independence India. She had remained prime minister of India for the longest period.

Indira Gandhi


Her capacities as a national leader and able administration was at the hardest test during India's war against Pakistan in 1971. Todays Bangladesh can be said as the fruit of the strong will power of Indira Gandhi. Had she been not so shrewd in taking quick decisions, the Bangladesh would have not emerged as an independent nation after the war of 1971. And during her reign, Indian economy had also progressed considerably. (Image Courtesy By Saptarshighosh [null], from Wikimedia Commons)

She was only daughter of another great leader of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Unfortunately she was shot dead by her own security personnel on 31st October 1984. After her death, her son Rajiv Gandhi had become prime minister of India.

India has seen unprecedented economic progress during her rule. However, her decision to impose emergency for some period in 1975 had been disliked by many of the freedom lovers. Here is a pencil sketch of Indira Gandhi. This sketch is done on bristol paper.


The letters written to Indira by her father Jawaharlal Nehru is treasure of Indian literature. In these letter he educated her about Indian culture and the ongoing freedom movements. Most of these letters are believed to be written while he was detained in jail by the British Rulers.
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