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50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India

In Congress' party parliamentary leadership election held in early 1966, Indira Gandhi defeated her rival and became the first female Prime Minister of India. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office.

50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India
In Congress' party parliamentary leadership election held in early 1966, Indira Gandhi defeated her rival and became the first female Prime Minister of India. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office. (AFP/Getty Images)
50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India
The Dalai Lama of Tibet chats with India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during a visit to her New Delhi office 17 August 1966. (AFP/Getty Images)
50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India
Pakistani President Zulfikar Alî Bhutto shakes hands with India' Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 28 June 1972 in Shimla, India, while his daughter Benazir Bhutto looks on. Bhutto and Gandhi signed the Shimla Agreement, which committed both nations to establish a Line of Control in Kashmir and obligated them to resolve disputes peacefully through bilateral talks. (AFP/Getty Images)
50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India
18 November 1972 in New Delhi: Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa with India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. 1950 Mother Teresa created in India a religious order of nuns called the Missionaries of Charity. (AFP/Getty Images)
50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India
King Fahd ibn Abd al-Aziz of Saudi Arabia chats with Indian Premier Indira Gandhi (1917-84) 23 October 1981 in Cancun during the North-south Economic Summit. (AFP/Getty Images)
50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India
India's Premier Rajiv Gandhi accompanied by his Italian-born wife Sonia and his daughter Priyanka at the cremation site of his mother Indira Gandhi looks on 03 November 1984 near New Delhi. Ghandi, a Congress party leader, was brutally assassinated 31 October 1984 by Sikh militants. (AFP/Getty Images)
50 Years since Indira Gandhi named Prime Minister Of India
India's Premier Rajiv Gandhi accompanied by his Italian-born wife Sonia and his daughter Priyanka at the cremation site of his mother Indira Gandhi looks on 03 November 1984 near New Delhi. Ghandi, a Congress party leader, was brutally assassinated 31 October 1984 by Sikh militants. (AFP/Getty Images)