Broads You Should Know

Indira Gandhi — Hero or Villain? The First Female PM of India was Rife with Contradiction

March 18, 2020

A Broad is a woman who lives by her own rules. Broads You Should Know is the podcast about women who helped shape our world. This week, Sam brings us the story of the first female Prime Minister of India: Indira Gandhi!

Politically active from a very young age, Indira originally focused her efforts as PM on helping the poorest citizens of the recently formed nation of India. After war in Pakistan led to the creation of an independent Bangladesh, an immigration crisis led to food shortages and overpopulation issues that meant Indira made some truly devastating decisions. Her story is rife with contradictions, but as a woman who lived by her own rules and helped to shape our modern world, she's a Broad you should know.


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