Indira Nehru Gandhi was born on November 19, 1917 in her grandfather's house in Allahabad, in northern India. She was born to Jawaharlal Nehru ( father ) and Kamala Kaul ( mother ). The Independence movement filled young Indira's life. One of her earliest political memories was one of attending court at age four. Being the only child of the family, her childhood was somewhat lonely.
Indira’s political career started at age of 12. She was the founder and leader of the Monkey Brigade, which was a group of youngsters whose purpose was to help end British control in India. As the leader she relayed information to the children of the group who then went out and warned the people who were going to be arrested by the British. The Indian National Congress was well aware of the Monkey Brigade, and one of the most important actions of the Monkey Brigade was carried out by Indira herself. The Congress was organizing a civil disobedience movement and after the meeting all the papers with the plans were placed into the trunk of a car which Indira was instructed to drive. Before the car was ready however, a police officer asked to inspect the car. Indira begged him not to because “the inspection would make her late for school”. Luckily, the police officer let her go.
In the year, of 1938 Indira joined the National congress party.
In 1942, Indira was happily married to Feroze Gandhi, a journalist. Soon after their marriage, they were sent to Naini Central Jail in Allahabad from September 11, 1942 until May 13, 1943. This was her first and only time spent in prison.
When her mother had died in 1936 Indira took her spot as hostess and confidant to her father, and traveled with him to meet famous political figures during his years as Prime Minister of India.
In 1959, while still helping her father, Indira was elected the president of the Indian National Congress.
After her fathers death in 1964, Lal Bahadur Shastri became the ne...