Modi, the person, is a male version of Indira Gandhi?

Updated on : December 4, 2021 by Carl O'donnell



Modi, the person, is a male version of Indira Gandhi?

Not even close. Before reaching their terms as Prime Minister of India, we must see how they got there:

  • Smt. Indira Gandhi was the only daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, a freedom fighter and the first prime minister of India. Born into a wealthy and influential family, she was mentored at Shanthiniketan and Oxford and served as her father's assistant during his tenure as prime minister and as chairman of the Congress Party. Upon her death in 1964, she was brought into the government of her successor, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who served as I&B Minister and succeeded him as Prime Minister in 1966.
  • Shri Narendra Modi in t
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Not even close. Before reaching their terms as Prime Minister of India, we must see how they got there:

  • Smt. Indira Gandhi was the only daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, a freedom fighter and the first prime minister of India. Born into a wealthy and influential family, she was mentored at Shanthiniketan and Oxford and served as her father's assistant during his tenure as prime minister and as chairman of the Congress Party. Upon her death in 1964, she was brought into the government of her successor, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who served as I&B Minister and succeeded him as Prime Minister in 1966.
  • Shri Narendra Modi, on the other hand, was born into a poor family in Gujarat and sold tea at the train station in her childhood. He joined RSS as a child and went on to play key roles in the organization and the BJP that grew out of it. His education was modest finishing the degrees through distance education. Before his current term as prime minister, he served as CM of Gujarat for a record 13 years and led his party to the majority in the Lok Sabha in 2014.

Clearly, while both leaders have a large following in the country, the former was handed the post of prime minister while the latter built his career from scratch. In terms of policy, it is unfair to compare the two since the first turned 33 years old making the results of its policies quite clear while the second has just started its mandate.

In my opinion, Modi does not have the same brand of leader as Indira. His rise gave hope to the more than one billion people in our nation that we too can succeed in politics, while his rise was pure nepotism and led to more political families in the nation.

There is a discernible difference between the two leaders. They are poles apart.

  1. In the general elections of 1971, the Congress of Indira Gandhi obtained 43.68% of the votes and 352 seats. While Modi secured 42% and 336 seats for NDA.
  2. Indira Gandhi subverted regional leaders and put up a dummy. These leaders were just yes men. She changed CMS very often. In PA, up to three CMS were changed in four years. So also bin UP. He never allowed anyone to settle down or be allowed to make independent decisions. They were all puppets. In this way, the party began to weaken.
  3. While Modi is a developing region
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There is a discernible difference between the two leaders. They are poles apart.

  1. In the general elections of 1971, the Congress of Indira Gandhi obtained 43.68% of the votes and 352 seats. While Modi secured 42% and 336 seats for NDA.
  2. Indira Gandhi subverted regional leaders and put up a dummy. These leaders were just yes men. She changed CMS very often. In PA, up to three CMS were changed in four years. So also bin UP. He never allowed anyone to settle down or be allowed to make independent decisions. They were all puppets. In this way, the party began to weaken.
  3. While Modi is developing regional leaders who can make decisions individually and become regional leaders. Without central support, Fadnavis was able to produce a fantastic result in the local and urban body elections. It has also taken similar ones in other states.
  4. Indira Gandhi was losing support after 1971, while Modi has been gaining support after 2014.
  5. Indira Gandhi was more concerned with her own popularity and hoped that the party would be subordinate to her. He enjoyed the adulation. Modi wants her colleagues to focus on their work. Appreciate their good work.
  6. Indira Gandhi's government was corrupt, while Modi and his cabinet are free from corruption.
  7. Indira Gandhi projected her own sons, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, bypassing all the other top party leaders. He considered the party as family property.
  8. Modi, on the other hand, has kept his family out of politics. It does not project anyone in the family. It does not mix party and government.

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