Gandhi 's A Free And Democratic Nation Essay

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“I don’t like to catalogue our achievements….There is nothing tangible about such things. I would say our greatest achievement is to have survived as a free and democratic nation” (Indira Gandhi1). This statement was made by Indira Gandhi, a former prime minister of India. During her time as prime minister, she made a lot of strides toward political and economic independence. Gandhi had an exciting childhood, personal life, and four term political career.

On November 19, 1917, Indira Pryadarshini Nehru was born in Allahabad, India. She was the child of Jawaharlal and Kamala Nehru. Her parent was married in 1916, through an India, custom of arranged marriage of by her grandparents (Willcoxen 27). Her family was so famous they were like the Kennedys in the U.S. They were so wealthy. They were the first to have an automobile and indoor swimming pool in Allahabad, India. Money would not be able to buy their freedom from the British control (Willcoxen- 13, 14). On April 13, 1919, the British killed 375 and wounded 1,200 Indians in under 15 minutes. After the mass killing, the Nehru family was devoted to the Indian Freedom Movement. Mohandas Gandhi was the leader of the movement, he wanted to fight for the freedom of India without violence (Willcoxen 18, 19).
In the 1930s, when Indira was attending school in Poona, she would visit Mohandas Gandhi, who was in prison. Indira mentioned Mohandas Gandhi "was always present in my life; he played an enormous role in my development."…

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