Indira-Feroze had great fondness for each other : Bakshi
A close relative of Indira Gandhi today expressed her disagreement with the popular perception that all was not well with the former Prime Minister's marital life, saying that the couple shared a great bonding with each other.india Updated: Oct 31, 2009 20:34 IST
A close relative of Indira Gandhi today expressed her disagreement with the popular perception that all was not well with the former Prime Minister's marital life, saying that the couple shared a great bonding with each other.
"A lot of wrong things have been said and written about their (Indira-Feroze) relationship. Even while looking after her father, Mrs Gandhi did not forget to take care of her husband who often spent his time at the prime minister's house to be with the family", Swarup Kumari Bakshi, wife of Indira Gandhi's cousin and her close associate said.
Recalling the fondness between the couple, the former Uttar Pradesh minister said Indira and Feroze courted arrest together in 1942 and she even shunned the facilities provided to her at the jail when she came to know that her husband had been denied the same.
Describing Indira Gandhi as quintessesntially an Indian woman despite having had great national and international exposure, Bakshi said her traditional Kashmiri upbringing remained intact throughout her life.
"It was evident in her preference of cuisine and the way she dressed," the former UP minister, who was inspired to join public life by Gandhi, said.
Recalling a visit to the prime minister's house, Bakshi said that though she did not have an appointment she was summoned straight inside where Indiraji was having lunch with her family.
"I was pleasantly suprised to see traditional Kashmiri dishes of 'dum aloo' and 'methi chaman', 'khoya matar tamatar' on the dining table," she said.