I is for Indira Gandhi in AtoZ challenge. Anyone who lived in India during the period of Indira Gandhi will agree to the fact that she is one of the most charismatic political leader ever in the subcontinent!
If I have to pick up one quality of her, then it is her courage which impresses me – the courage with which she went ahead and made those major decisions in Indian politics, Indian Government and in turn in the lives of Indians. While I am neutral politically, it goes without saying that she comes on top of my list if i look at all the prime minsters who held post in India in the past.
There are multiple views on how the Nehru family and especially Indira patronized the monarchy model in the so-called democratic India – her dad Jawaharlal Nehru, she and her son Rajiv Gandhi all held the post of prime ministers of India.
Still, when it comes to looking at that one women political leader across the world in all these years, Indira still is as impressive as she can get. If you need to read the life of an individual, who conquered her own demons and reached the pinnacle of power in politics in a developing country like India, INDIRA it is!!! For starters, to know more about Indira Gandhi Wiki is a good place http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Gandhi !!
Check out the few sample pictures if you want to find out what it means to be a Charismatic leader….i was tough to stop adding more pictures to this post!! Indira = Charisma !!!!
When i think of helicopter in movies, what comes to me was the awe I went through when I saw the helicopter ride in a song in one of the Tamil movies – Guru (1980). While the theme was more of robinhood styled hero and drama, that one song (very regional!) in that movie where a hero gets on to a glider and tries to stop the bad guy in the helicopter was something which stuck to my head and popped up when i saw the helicopter movies title today.
Guru is a 1980 movie which had the leading pair of tamil cinema – Kamalhassan and Sridevi and the right ingredients for the drama – rich father, principled son, lost grandson, hero acting like a robinhood, beautiful heroine who mistakes the bad guy as the good guy (Films always had heroines who were naive and innocent and the smart hero was always there at the right time to save them from evil!! ), etc.
In real life, the first time when i saw the helicopter, I was indeed thrilled – that big noise, the dry red sand dust which were thrown around and the security guards asking us to stay behind the white security line, it is still vivid in my memory (including the secret discussion among the little girls about the wind when helicopter lands – we all feared that it will be strong enough to fly our skirts and we all wore long skirts instead of our regular short ones – trousers were something which boys wore in those days!).
We hardly had any airport near our campus – they built a temporary helipad to accommodate the need for our then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to fly into our district to campaign for the upcoming elections. Infact, from the time they selected a place, the entire gang of children from the campus made it a routine to visit that site and check on how the helipad is coming up and when the D-day arrived, we were at that place hours earlier to witness the helicopter touching down. Apparently, the moment the helicopter touched down and the doors opened for the primer minster, I was STUNNED. I still remember that white saree with a red border which covered her head with a powerful smile and a very upright posture and a waving hand…….she indeed has the charisma and i remember that saying in those days “the only man in the parliament”. Till date, I think Indira is a role model for many and she had the charisma which impressed even the small girls in the remote villages across India much more than a powerful flying machine like helicopter can!! This is what I blogged years ago – https://ireach.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/indira/. I still feel the same about her!!