A biography reflecting the challenges of circumstance that brought Gandhi to leadership. Gandhi's unsettled, lonely childhood, spent watching her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, go off to prison, bred a sense of responsibility. This upbringing amid the political strife of India's Independence movement is the heart of the story. Rising from hostess for her father to apprentice, to Congress President, and finally to Prime Minister, the vast social problems of a country with 15 official languages came under her ever-increasing influence. The controversial and bold leadership she exerted--its accomplishments in agriculture and other areas, along with its dark underside during the declared state of emergency--is given full account against the backdrop of ongoing civil strife. A balanced biography that is as much about India's modern history as it is about Gandhi.