10 Interesting Things to know about Sanjay Gandhi & his involvement in Maruti Car Project and Emergency

10 Interesting Things to know about Sanjay Gandhi & his involvement in Maruti Car Project and Emergency
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1College, no way

Sanjay never attended college, but took up automotive engineering as career and underwent an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce in Crewe, England for three years.

2Passion for cars

He was very interested in sports cars, and also obtained a pilot’s licence. While he was building a career as an airline pilot independent of politics, Sanjay remained close to his mother.

3Origination of Maruti

In June 1971, a company known as ‘Maruti Motors Limited’ was incorporated under the Companies Act and Sanjay Gandhi became its Managing Director.

4Responsibility to make ‘people’s car’

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While Sanjay had no previous experience, design proposals or links with any corporation, he was awarded the contract to build the car and the exclusive production licence.

5Failure of Maruti project

The company did not produce any vehicles during his lifetime. A test model put out as a showpiece to demonstrate progress was criticized.

6Involvement in emergency

During the Emergency, Sanjay became active in politics and the Maruti project went on a back burner.

72nd to Indira Gandhi

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In the extremely hostile political environment just before and soon after the Emergency, Sanjay Gandhi rose in importance as Indira’s advisor.

8Total control over politics

It was also quipped that Sanjay Gandhi had total control over his mother and that the government was run by the PMH (Prime Minister House) rather than the PMO (Prime Minister Office).

9Building his own team

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It was said that during the Emergency, he virtually ran India along with his friends, especially Bansi Lal.

10Everything is fair in politics

He “recruited into the party thousands of younger people, many of them hooligans and ruffians, who used threats and force to intimidate rivals and those who opposed Mrs Gandhi’s authority or his own.

Source: Wikipedia

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