Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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Indira Gandhi goes shopping during a trip to Paris, France, November 1981. Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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In Paris, November 1981. Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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Indira with her sons Rajiv (left) and Sanjay in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1966. Photo: Interpress Paris/ullstein bild/Getty Images

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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Indira Gandhi with her father Jawaharlal Nehru in Paris, 1962. Photo: ullstein bild/ullstein bild/Getty Images

INDIRA IN PARIS

Rare pix of Indira Gandhi shopping with Sonia & Maneka

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It's hard to escape Indira Gandhi's shadow this week. On the 40th anniversary of the Emergency, she's everywhere: in conversations and images, in memories and anecdotes, as dictator and divider of public opinion.

Yet, as part - and later head of - India's most influential political family, we've seen very little this week of Indira Gandhi, the family woman. Daughter, mother, mother-in-law, these were all roles she played - some more publicly than the other. Each of these relationships was complex - her reliance on son Sanjay, her initially-tentative equation with Italian daughter-in-law Sonia, her vicious falling-out with Maneka after Sanjay's death in a plane crash.

In these newly released images, you glimpse this Indira Gandhi. Images of and with her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru were not uncommon but moments of leisure with her grown sons and their wives were rare.

It's possible to read many things into these very rare images, almost too much. There's control but also occasionally warmth. There's contrasts of hard and soft, affection and distance, involvement and instruction. Shot entirely in Paris, this is another Indira Gandhi from the one we know, and one who becomes no less fascinating on closer acquaintance.

Text by Priyata Brajabasi

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