The Early Years

  • Jane S. Jensen


In responding to an interviewer who asked when she first became involved in politics, Indira Gandhi said: “It is impossible to say. I do not remember any time when I was not involved.”1 In describing her early life, she later wrote that all the games she played were political, and her favorite game was “to collect as many servants as I could, stand on a table and deliver a speech—repeating disjointed phrases that I had picked up from grown-up talk.”2


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