"Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi. India's first and so far the only female Prime Minister. Whether admired or criticised, she is remembered for her political intransigency. The influential woman's life came to an unforeseen end on 31st October, 1984 as her bodyguards Satwant Singh and Beant Singh shot her dead."
"Gandhi's assassination is considered a direct aftermath of the Operation Blue Star that was initiated by her in June, 1984. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a Sikh leader who chaired the orthodox religious group Damdami Taksal, had moved in to the Golden Temple premises in order to evade arrest. Operation Blue Star was carried out by the Indian Army with the purpose of removing Bhindranwale who was turning the sacred place into his armour."
" Quite ironically, during the 70's, Congress and Damdami Taksal allegedly supported each other to attract Sikh votes and defeat the Akali Dal. The activism from Congress cadres is in fact credited for Bhindranwale and his party's rapid rise. Hence, Operation Blue Star was met with massive rage."
"Operation Blue Star also caused mammoth casualties among Sikh pilgrims. Sikh bodyguards were removed from her team of bodyguards but Gandhi herself didn't want to come across as someone who is pursuing an anti-Sikh agenda. Hence, she insisted that her personal bodyguard team retained the Sikh members, including Beant Singh who she was fond of."
"On 31st October, Gandhi was en route to meet British actor Peter Ustinov who was in India for a documentary film. While walking through the garden of the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi, Beant Singh (who she had known for a decade) reportedly fired her thrice on her abdomen which was then followed by a 22-year-old Satwant Singh who then fired 30 rounds from his submachine gun."
"Gandhi was brought to AIIMS Delhi at 9.30 am. At 2.20 pm, hours after being operated, she was declared dead. Beant Singh was captured and killed by the police within next ten minutes. Satwant Singh tried escaping but was arrested heavily injured. He was later hanged to death in 1989."
"Gandhi's assassination triggered massive retaliation. Over the next few days, thousands of Sikhs were killed across the country, allegedly at the hands of enraged Congress workers."
" Gandhi, the daughter of independent India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, is remembered as the mother of many firsts, including the Indian emergency between 1975 to 1977 and the birth of Bangladesh. After over two decades of her death, she remains a central figure of the Indian National Congress."