Who was First Woman Prime Minister of India?

The first woman prime minister of the India was the Indira Gandhi.

First Woman Prime Minister of India - Indira Gandhi


About Indira Gandhi

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the first woman Prime Minister of the India. She was the central figure of the National Congress Party of India. As a first woman Prime Minister of the India, she had served from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 to 1984 (till her death). She became the 2nd Prime Minister of the India who had served for such a long time as well as only woman who hold the office. She was, the only and daughter child of the First Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, born on 19th of November in 1917 and died on 31st of October in 1984. She got married to the Feroze Gandhi and had two children, named Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.

How Indira Gandhi Became the First Woman Prime Minister of India

Whole India was very upset after the death of the 2nd prime minister of the India, Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. There were only one question was around that who would become the next prime minister of the India to hold the reign. However, it was very necessary to hold the office at that time, that’s why Gulzari Lal Nanda was assigned as the acting Prime Minister of the India till the next candidate would be announced. Another strongest candidates who were nominated as being the next prime minister of the India, was Morarji Desai and Kamaraj. But, both of them had refused and began nominating another candidate, daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. In this way, she became the next (first woman and third) prime minister of the India.

Achievements of Indira Gandhi as a First Woman Prime Minister of India

  • As being the first woman Prime Minister of the India, really she had improved the political position of the country.
  • She successfully led India during the war with Pakistan and resolved the issues between both of the countries.
  • She had successfully sent the first satellite of India into the orbit.
  • By supporting the agricultural innovation programs, she resolved the issues of food shortages and made India, the stable food exporter.
  • She had run a campaign using slogan “Abolish Poverty” to eradicate the poverty from the country.
  • Even in present, in some parts of the rural India, she is famous and called as the “Indira-Amma”.
  • She made the Sikkim, a state of India.
  • During her time, the first Indian underground nuclear test was done near the Pokhran.

What is Prime Minister

A prime minister in India is considered as the most superior cabinet minister and the chief of the government in the parliamentary system. He/she has the right to select and dismiss other cabinet members as well as assign post to the members within system. He manages the civil services and commands the head of state.