Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Kashmiri/Hindi: इंदिरा प्रियदर्शिनी गांधी Indirā Priyadarśinī Gāndhī; born Indira Nehru to Jawaharlal Nehru; 19 November 1917 31 October 1984) was the third Prime Minister of the Republic of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, a total of fifteen years. Indias only female prime minister to date, she remains the worlds longest serving female Prime Minister as of 2011. She was also the only Indian Prime Minister to have declared an emergency in order to rule by decree and the only Indian Prime Minister to have been imprisoned. Indira Gandhi was born Indira Nehru on November 19, 1917 into the politically influential
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