The article “Twenty-five years later” by Pranay Gupte (Oct. 31) was moving. Indira Gandhi was an outstanding Prime Minister. The goongi gudia, as she was initially described, became a force to reckon with when she nationalised major banks in one stroke, and stuck to the decision against stiff opposition from some of her own party colleagues. The country’s progress had a second start from this one act — the first after Independence. Her decision to come to the rescue of the Bengalis in East Pakistan, notwithstanding American pressure, was a bold one. She had great respect for traditional values, which was evident from many of her actions.
S. Chidambaresa Iyer,
As the daughter of India’s first Prime Minister and then as Prime Minister in her own right, she dominated the country’s political scene for over 35 years. The country she so loved has forgiven her failings.
G. David Milton,
But the leanings towards the “First Family” have only strengthened the Congress and kept away internal bickering. Indira Gandhi was a popular and charismatic world leader who ruled with an iron-fist. She owned the Congress during her time.
Sunil P. Shenoy,