India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi led her nation in marking the 86th anniversary of the birth of Jawaharlal Nehru, her father and India's first Prime Minister, in New Delhi on Friday (14 November).
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Background: India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi led her nation in marking the 86th anniversary of the birth of Jawaharlal Nehru, her father and India's first Prime Minister, in New Delhi on Friday (14 November).
She began the day with a tribute held at the Nehru Memorial. Accompanied by her youngest son, Sanjay, she placed rose petals, her father's favourite flower, on the memorial. Then she made the traditional gesture of circling the memorial in honour of the late Prime Minister.
Coincidentally, the same date marks Children's Day in India, and following the memorial service, she attended a massive rally at Ambedkar Stadium where school children cheered her as she drove around in an open jeep.
Recently, India has gone through difficult time resulting from the Prime Minister's decision to place the country under a state of emergency. Thousands of Mrs. Gandhi's political opponents have been arrested.
Ironically, among the publications she has banned under the emergency legislation are works by her father.
But despite continued emergency, she has said repeatedly she is trying to preserve democracy in India and to stop trouble-makers preventing the majority of the populace from enjoying the fruits of good government and prosperity.