Sad, Lonely, but Never Afraid

Indira Gandhi: 1917-1984

An interviewer once asked Indira Gandhi if it was true, as he had heard from one of her aunts, that she had been the family pet. "Would you say," he pressed on, "you were a spoiled child?"

Gandhi's crisp answer: "No." There was a long pause, and then she added, "On the contrary, I felt rather deprived of everything." After another pause, Gandhi began talking about when she was three and all her English dolls and dresses had to be destroyed because Indian nationalists were boycotting foreign goods. "My first memory was...

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