Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has said former PM Indira Gandhi embodied the twin qualities of courage and sensitivity, which do not always go hand in hand.
Paying tribute to Indira Gandhi on receiving Bangladesh Swadhinata Sammanona award in Dhaka on Monday, she said: “The quality she prized above all else was fearlessness. This was a quality which her father Jawaharlal Nehru and the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, had also inculcated and cherished. Throughout her life, courage and Indira Gandhi were synonymous: the courage of a young girl separated for long periods from her imprisoned father and enduring the loss of her beloved mother; of a young woman, facing up to police lathi blows and imprisonment; and of a leader, dealing with the many crises of her long prime ministership”.
“Never was this courage more manifest, never was it more tested, than in the months from March to December 1971 when Bangladesh was being born.