Ashu Dorji today praised former prime minister Indira Gandhi as female icon

Vastavam web: Bhutanese Queen Ashu Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk today praised former prime minister Indira Gandhi, describing her as “a female icon” who showed the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.The queen was speaking here at the launch of a book titled “India’s Indira: A Centennial Tribute” compiled by the Indian National Congress, comprising articles, essays and photographs of the first woman prime minister of India.The queen recalled Indira Gandhi for being a powerful woman and a towering personality.”Mrs Gandhi was a female icon and she showed it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something,” the queen said.
Remembering the time when Gandhi came “sitting on a yak along with her father,” she said the Gandhi family had been on close friendly terms with the Royal Family of Bhutan.The book, edited by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, has several photographs of Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru contributed by the royal family.The book also has a chapter by former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee.Talking about Gandhi’s leadership, Congress leader and politician-writer Shashi Tharoor said when she had become the first female prime minister of India, many had wondered if she was capable of the job.