Essay on Indian government under the leadership of Indira Gandhi

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She joined the National Congress party and became active in India's independence movement in 1938. In 1955, she was elected to the executive body of the Congress party, becoming a national political figure in her own right. Four years thereafter, she was president of the party. It was finally in 1966 when Indira Gandhi was given her first opportunity to govern the Republic of India as Prime Minister, following the death of Prime Minister Shastri. Even though she was governing as a reserve, Gandhi had her first campaign victory in the national elections of 1971. For the subsequent years, Indira Gandhi and her administration had successfully governed India. She was in office for fifteen years over two …show more content…
Gandhi's leadership was not the only aspect in jeopardy; her life was at risk as well.

Frustration within the Sikh community in Punjab due to the betrayal and threatening behaviour of the Indian government gave way to a small-scale armed insurgency calling for the implementation of what the Sikhs had been peacefully agitating for since India's independence.[3] The leader of this armed movement was a preacher from a Sikh institution called Damdami Taksal, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.[4] In simpler terms, the aforementioned acknowledges the fact that Sikhs in Punjab were in dispute with the Indian government over a territory that belongs distinctly to Sikhs. What bothered the Sikhs was the opportunity given to them shortly after independence - a land separate from Hindus and Muslims. Unfortunately, at the time of independence, Sikhs declined the opportunity to acquire a sovereign territory and accepted to live amongst the people of India. The Sikhs rejected the offer as they thought they would be given the opportunity to live in unity with others without being suppressed or misrepresented.

Regrettably, this is exactly what happened. The government, created shortly after independence, had representation of mass populations, of which mostly were Hindus. Sikhs, who only composed two percent of India,
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