Modi recalls Indira’s role during Bangladesh’s Liberation War

Indira Gandhi, who played a stellar role in the liberation of Bangladesh as India’s charismatic Prime Minister, was remembered on her death anniversary on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi were among the leaders who paid tribute to her.

Modi said in a tweet: “tribute to country’s former prime minister Indira Gandhi her death anniversary.” Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, along with several Congress leaders, paid homage to Indira Gandhi at her memorial at Shakti Sthal on the bank of Yamuna river in New Delhi.

Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards on this in 1984 after Indian security forces had carried out an operation to flush out terrorists and weapons at the Golden Temple complex, one of the most revered shrines of Sikhs and people from other faiths, in Amritsar in Punjab state.

Those who paid homage to Indira Gandhi also included former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Vice President Md Hamid Ansari, lawmakers of the Congress and a large number of party workers who assembled at Shakti Sthal. Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to his grandmother. “My tributes to my grandmother & former PM, Smt Indira Gandhi Ji on the anniversary of her martyrdom,” he said in a tweet.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also paid tributes to Indira Gandhi on her 35th death anniversary and remembered her leadership during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. "Homage to former Prime Minister Indira Ji on her death anniversary. We remember her great contribution to the nation and also her leadership during the 1971 War," Mamata said in a Twitter post.