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By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

In the face of such a threat, they had no other choice but to throw themselves to the far left. But now that the people are conscious of our efforts, now that they see us resolving problems, the communists are losing strength.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

It is our duty to create a social milieu in which the young and the socially weak feel that the present and future belong to them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Dacca is now the free capital of a free country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I have certain objectives. They're the same objectives my father had to give people a higher standard of living, to do away with the cancer of poverty, to eliminate the consequences of economic backwardness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Poverty assumes so many aspects here in India. There aren't only the poor that you see in the cities, there are the poor among the tribes, the poor who live in the forest, the poor who live on the mountains. Should we ignore them as long as the poor in the cities are better off? And better off with reference to what? To what people wanted ten years ago? Then it seemed like so much. Today it's no longer so much.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

You soon realize that the peak you've climbed was one of the lowest, that the mountain was part of a chain of mountains, that there are still so many, so many mountains to climb...And the more you climb, the more you want to climb - even though you're dead tired.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

To be a mother, a housewife, never cost me any sacrifice - I savored every minute of those years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I said that my father was not a politician. I, instead, think I am. But not in the sense of being interested in a political career - rather in the sense that I think it necessary to strive to build a certain India, the India I want.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

what is popular need not necessarily be right or wise.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The doctors advised me not to have even one. My health was still not good, and they said that pregnancy might be fatal. If they hadn't said that to me, maybe I wouldn't have got married. But that diagnosis provoked me, it infuriated me. I answered, 'Why do you think I'm getting married if not to have children? I don't want to hear that I can't have children; I want you to tell me what I have to do in order to have children!'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I'm told [ Zulfikar Ali] Bhutto is ambitious. I hope he's very ambitious; ambition may help him see reality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

If you only knew, for instance, how much I enjoy being a grandmother! Do you know I'm twice a grandmother? Rajiv and Sonia have had a boy and a girl.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I like to think I've provided this faith. I also think that by providing faith, I've focused their pride. I say focused because pride isn't something you give. It doesn't even break out suddenly; it's a feeling that grows very slowly, very confusedly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I suspected [Richard Nixon] was very pro-Pakistan. Or rather I knew that the Americans had always been in favor of Pakistan - not so much because they were in favor of Pakistan, but because they were against India.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

It's true that I refused foreign aid. It's true. It wasn't my personal decision, however - it was the whole country that said no.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

When one has had a life as difficult as mine, one doesn't worry about how others will react.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

For me it's absolutely the same - I treat one and the other in exactly the same way. As persons, that is, not as men and women. But, even here, you have to consider the fact that I've had a very special education, that I'm the daughter of a man like my father and a woman like my mother.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

To become capable, one must have faith in oneself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Being prime minister isn't the only job in life! As far as I'm concerned, I could live in a village and be satisfied.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

They're the problems of poverty, of the rights of the individual, of the changes brought about by technology. They're the ones that count, more than religion!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Now I don't get upset by unpleasant things, I don't play the victim, and I'm always ready to come to terms with life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

We would rather starve than sell our national honor.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Politics is the art of acquiring, holding, and wielding power.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

All of a sudden inscriptions appeared on walls. Signs appeared. And that 'no' exploded all over India, in an act of pride that surprised even me. Then even the political parties, all of them, even the deputies in Parliament, said no: it's better to die of hunger than be taken for a nation of beggars.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Even I, when I was a student in London, often wore Western clothes, and yet I'm the most Indian Indian I know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

In any case, I married Feroze Gandhi. Once I get an idea in my head, no one in the world can make me change my mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I don't see why we and the Chinese should have to be enemies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I never believed in the danger of a third world war.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Nowadays you can no longer let yourself be indoctrinated - the world is changing so fast! Even what you wanted twenty years ago is no longer relevant today; it's outdated.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The old need the company of the young so that they renew their contact with life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

You said, 'Planning is something for communist countries; democracy and planning don't go together!' But, with all the errors we committed, our plans succeeded.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I think I'm cold, indeed icy, hard. Then there's another reason, one that goes with my frankness: I don't put on act.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

People who say it was her father who prepared her for the post of prime minister, it was her father who launched her, are wrong.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Nothing that is worthwhile is ever easy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

To become our enemies - what an absurdity. A crazy absurdity when you stop to think that we, Muslims and Hindus, had conducted the struggle for independence together.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I've never understood women who, because of their children, pose as victims and don't allow themselves any other activities.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I know you were surprised when, after the fall of Dacca, Pakistani and Indian officers shook hands. But do you realize that, up until 1965, in our army and the Pakistani one you could come across generals who were brothers? Blood brothers, sons of the same father and the same mother.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

It's not right to say that my father influenced me more than others, and I wouldn't be able to say whether my personality was formed more by my father or my mother or the Mahatma [Gandhi] or the friends who were with us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

At no point, at a very important point: that of having convinced the Indians that they can do things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I cannot understand how anyone can be an Indian and not be proud.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

As I always say, I do not wish you an easy time, but I wish you that whatever difficulty you may have, you will overcome it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

In India you don't find propaganda against Pakistan. During the war there was a little of it, naturally, but even during the war we were able to control it. In fact the Pakistanis were astonished by this. There were prisoners in the camp hospitals who exclaimed, 'What? You're a Hindu doctor and you want to cure me?'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Until the day she died, my mother continued to fight for the rights of women. She joined all the women's movements of the time; she stirred up a lot of revolts. She was a great woman, a great figure. Women today would like her immensely.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I grew up like a boy, also because most of the children who came to our house were boys.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I assure you we'll go on making our decisions without worrying whether it pleases or displeases the Soviet Union, China, America, France, or anyone else.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Muslim women had to go out in purdah, that heavy sheet that covers even the eyes. Hindu women had to go out in the doli, a kind of closed sedan chair like a catafalque. My mother always told me about these things with bitterness and rage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I was a perfect housewife. Being a mother has always been the job I liked best. Absolutely.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I don't waste time in flowery small talk, as people do in India.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

My father was a saint. I'm not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Defeats are always pitiful. Victories are always last resources.