Photos: Indira Gandhi’s 33rd death anniversary, a day that changed India

On October 31, 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi breathed her last when she was assassinated by her bodyguards in retaliation to the controversial Operation Blue Star, The events that unfurled, saw anarchy in the form of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. 33 years since, a look at her life of India's only female Prime Minister.

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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with her sons Rajiv and Sanjay, in the lawns of their Delhi residency in 1967. Known for her controversial legacy in Indian politics and absolute centralization of power, she grew into a political figure despised by many, eventually leading to her assassination by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Till date, she remains the only woman to helm the role of India’s Prime Minister. (Terry Fincher / Getty Images)

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with her sons Rajiv and Sanjay, in the lawns of their Delhi residency in 1967. Known for her controversial legacy in Indian politics and absolute centralization of power, she grew into a political figure despised by many, eventually leading to her assassination by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Till date, she remains the only woman to helm the role of India’s Prime Minister. (Terry Fincher / Getty Images)

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Jawaharlal Nehru , president of the Indian Congress, with his daughter and future Indian Prime Minister, Indira Nehru in Bombay in 1937. Being the only daughter, Indira had a difficult childhood between her father being away from home on his political crusade for India’s independence and her bedridden mother who suffered an early death due to tuberculosis. (Keystone / Getty Images)

Jawaharlal Nehru , president of the Indian Congress, with his daughter and future Indian Prime Minister, Indira Nehru in Bombay in 1937. Being the only daughter, Indira had a difficult childhood between her father being away from home on his political crusade for India’s independence and her bedridden mother who suffered an early death due to tuberculosis. (Keystone / Getty Images)

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Indira Gandhi with politician and journalist Feroze Gandhi during their wedding in Allahabad on October 8, 1942. Feroze asserted his love to Indira in 1933 but his proposal was rejected by her mother. In subsequent years, Feroze came closer to the Nehru family while supporting Indira as her mother’s condition worsened. The couple married in the spring of 1942. (Keystone / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Indira Gandhi with politician and journalist Feroze Gandhi during their wedding in Allahabad on October 8, 1942. Feroze asserted his love to Indira in 1933 but his proposal was rejected by her mother. In subsequent years, Feroze came closer to the Nehru family while supporting Indira as her mother’s condition worsened. The couple married in the spring of 1942. (Keystone / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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American president John F. Kennedy with his wife Jackie, Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi in 1961. In the 1950’s she served as an unofficial personal assistant of then Prime Minister Nehru, exposing her to the world. Indira’s regime as Prime Minister was a landmark period for India’s foreign policy resulting into India’s establishment as regional power in South Asia. Some of the major successes in her foreign policy include creation of Bangladesh (1971) and the assertion of dominance of Indian power in South Asia. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

American president John F. Kennedy with his wife Jackie, Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi in 1961. In the 1950’s she served as an unofficial personal assistant of then Prime Minister Nehru, exposing her to the world. Indira’s regime as Prime Minister was a landmark period for India’s foreign policy resulting into India’s establishment as regional power in South Asia. Some of the major successes in her foreign policy include creation of Bangladesh (1971) and the assertion of dominance of Indian power in South Asia. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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Indira Gandhi addresses a rally at her residence on June 24, 1975, a day before the declaration of what became a 21-month long state of internal emergency by President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on the Prime Minister’s advice. The Emergency gave Indira Gandhi extraordinary legislative powers with extensive crackdowns on political opposition during the period. (Rane Prakash / HT Photo)

Indira Gandhi addresses a rally at her residence on June 24, 1975, a day before the declaration of what became a 21-month long state of internal emergency by President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on the Prime Minister’s advice. The Emergency gave Indira Gandhi extraordinary legislative powers with extensive crackdowns on political opposition during the period. (Rane Prakash / HT Photo)

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An earlier attempt at Gandhi’s life was also made in 1980 when Ram Bulchand Lalweni, from Baroda, threw a spring knife with a four inch blade, at the Prime Minister but missed. He is seen here on his way to court in New Delhi. (Keystone / Getty Images)

An earlier attempt at Gandhi’s life was also made in 1980 when Ram Bulchand Lalweni, from Baroda, threw a spring knife with a four inch blade, at the Prime Minister but missed. He is seen here on his way to court in New Delhi. (Keystone / Getty Images)

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Indira Gandhi inspects the guard of honor during the Independence day parade on August 15, 1983. She was sworn in as the first women Prime Minister of India in the winter of 1966. Serving her first term till March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, she became the second longest serving Prime Minister after her father. (KK Chawla / HT Photo)

Indira Gandhi inspects the guard of honor during the Independence day parade on August 15, 1983. She was sworn in as the first women Prime Minister of India in the winter of 1966. Serving her first term till March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, she became the second longest serving Prime Minister after her father. (KK Chawla / HT Photo)

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Indira Gandhi exits Shri Harminder Sahib, Amritsar after offering prayers on June 23, 1984. A military operation code-named Blue Star was launched by the Indira Gandhi government against the surging Khalistani movement on June 06,1984 with Indian armed forces taking control of the complex the following day. The move was viewed as a grave affront to the holiest shrine of the Sikh community. (PIB photo)

Indira Gandhi exits Shri Harminder Sahib, Amritsar after offering prayers on June 23, 1984. A military operation code-named Blue Star was launched by the Indira Gandhi government against the surging Khalistani movement on June 06,1984 with Indian armed forces taking control of the complex the following day. The move was viewed as a grave affront to the holiest shrine of the Sikh community. (PIB photo)

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On the morning of October 31, 1984 two of her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh opened fire on Indira Gandhi. She succumbed the same day to 30 gunshot wounds. Her assailants were motivated by the affront to the Sikh holy shrine of Harmandir Sahib during Operation Blue Star. (N Thayagrajan / HT Photo)

On the morning of October 31, 1984 two of her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh opened fire on Indira Gandhi. She succumbed the same day to 30 gunshot wounds. Her assailants were motivated by the affront to the Sikh holy shrine of Harmandir Sahib during Operation Blue Star. (N Thayagrajan / HT Photo)

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In response to the assassination by her Sikh bodyguards, Delhi witnessed four days of anti-Sikh rioting immediately from November 01, 1984. According to official releases at least 2000 people were killed and thousands fled the city in the aftermath of the riot. (HT Photo)

In response to the assassination by her Sikh bodyguards, Delhi witnessed four days of anti-Sikh rioting immediately from November 01, 1984. According to official releases at least 2000 people were killed and thousands fled the city in the aftermath of the riot. (HT Photo)

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