316 Indira’s last name was Gandhi but that was because she married a Zoroastrian Parsi whose family name was Gandhi, not related at all to the Mahatma. She was in an essential way not related to the Mahatma, who stood for the primacy of means over ends; with Indira, it was exactly the opposite. [Inder] Malhotra correctly says:

If the list of Indira’s faults and flaws is long, that of her achievements, some of them dazzling, is even longer and more impressive. . . . It was in Indira’s time that India became the third largest reservoir of skilled scientific and technical manpower, the fifth military power, the sixth member of the nuclear club, seventh in the race for space, and the tenth industrial power.