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Biography Of Indira Ghandi Essay

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Indira Gandhi was a women of courage and strength in a country that has been known to be very repressive toward women. In this society like most of the world for its time, women were only seen as wives, sisters, and mothers. Women had a social status that was below men. In India's society is blood tries are passed down through the male side of the family or patrilinear. Women in India were often forced to live in seclusion, having limited mobility. In India there are many different religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Muslim etc., and a caste system (social class system) in which you are born into for life. Many women had little or no rights and were taught to be submissive to their husbands. There is a high rate of female infanticide, because many of the families in India didn't want to have female children; males; would continue their family name, could vote or be elected to office, men had a social acceptance.Economically this huge county was being savagely stripped of its natural resources (iron, coal, bauxite, lead, and tin) and agricultural resources (grain, rice, wheat, sugar, cotton, tea) by the imperialistic England. During World War II England enlisted thousands of men from India, to help fight the war in Africa. Many patriotic men who opposed English control, began to organize themselves in order to fight for their independence. In 1947 India would gain their independence for England . The true test was yet to come, because gaining independence was only the first step. India would have to take several more steps, all in which would be very difficult. India's new government would be very similar to England's, both having a democratic government, parliament, and a prime minister.Indira's father Jawarharlal Nehru, was a political leader who fought to cease British control over India (BBC). Indira's home was a meeting place for political leaders to gather. As a small child she would be greatly influenced by many of the political leaders who had met in her house. I felt that this had a major impact on Indira's life, because it helped her to better understand patriotism, the reasons for which so many had been fighting imperialism, and why Independence was so important. She organized the monkey brigade, in which many other children would take part in the struggle for independence by; writing and delivering notices, making flags, cooking food, and spying on the police (Kings).Indira was a very educated women who was a graduate of Visva Bharati University in Bengal, continuing her education she studied at Oxford University in England (BBC). In 1938,...

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