India's only female prime minister Indira Gandhi was killed on 31 October 1984.
India's only female prime minister Indira Gandhi was killed on 31 October 1984. She was shot dead in her garden in New Delhi by her Sikh bodyguards while on her way for an interview with British actor Peter Ustinov, to be filmed by Irish film-makers Rory O'Farrell and Sheamus Smith. The Sikhs were avenging the attack she had ordered several months earlier on militants in the Golden Temple in their holy city Amritsar. Gandhi's assassination sparked off mass anti-Sikh riots that resulted in the deaths of several thousand Sikhs.
Gandhi was born in Allahabad in 1917, the only child of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister. She was elected to parliament herself in 1964, the year her father died, and became India's first and only female prime minister to date in 1966, serving until 1977 and then again from 1980 until her death.
Indira Gandhi spoke to Marian Finucane about what it was like to be born into such a political family. The interview was recorded in her garden in New Delhi in August 1984 and was broadcast as part of a special edition of 'The Women's Programme' dedicated to Indira Gandhi on 31 October 1984.