Indira – The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi by Katherine Frank

Indira – The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi by Katherine Frank


The definitive and first non-partisan biography of one of the most formidable political figures of the twentieth century (voted Woman of the Millennium in a BBC survey, 2000)

Indira Gandhi’s life, from her birth in 1917, through the partition and up to her assassination in 1984, was dominated by the politics of her country. Continuously legitimately associated with India’s turbulent twentieth-century history, when she acknowledged the mantle of power, she became one of the world’s generally powerful and critical women. This biography, the first to be written by a non-partisan, Western lady, will focus on Gandhi’s role as a female leader of men in one of the most chauvinistic, complex and politicized cultures in the world.Far-reaching, yet additionally personal, Frank’s biography will deal with power and how this regularly isolated lady took care of it, close to her family and her emotional life. It will be the definitive book on one of this present century’s generally powerful and important women.

From the Back Cover

On the morning of 31 October 1984, as she strolled through her garden, smiling, hands, raised and palms squeezed together in the traditional Indian greeting, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards. She kicked the bucket as she had lived, encompassed by men, yet isolated. It was a fierce end to an epic drama.

Raised during a time which saw the rise of Indian nationalism, she was raised to be what her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, called ‘an offspring of the upheaval’ – solid in body and brain, bound to assume a political role in the creation and administering of an independent India. Despite her initial reluctance to embrace this role, and regardless of, as well, ill-health and a shy, self-contained personality, Indira would get one of history’s generally powerful and significant leaders, presiding over a huge complex, strictly riven and male-dominated country.

Indira ‘was’ India. Throughout childhood, love, marriage, imprisonment, motherhood, and a succession of personal and family tragedies, her hopes and desires would be ceaselessly subsumed by the verifiable and political imperative of her country.

In this beautifully written and engaging biography, Katherine Frank explores the personal and political fate of the leader of the world’s biggest vote based system – a lady who played a dominant role in the history of the twentieth century, and when it ended, was voted Woman of the Millennium.

Product details

Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 592 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (8 July 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Screen Reader: Supported
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars101 customer ratings
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,493 Paid in Kindle Store
#822 in Asian History
#761 in Biographies & Autobiographies (Kindle Store)
#337 in Indian history

About the Author

Katherine Frank, who was born and educated in the United States, is the author of three acclaimed biographies, of Lucie Duff Gordon, Emily Bronte and Mary Kingsley. She has taught at universities in West Africa and the Middle East as well as Britain. During six years of researching and writing Indira she spent extended periods in India. She now lives in England.



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