Story of Indira Gandhi’s Slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ (Remove Poverty) v/s Opposition’s Slogan ‘Indira Hatao’ (Remove Indira)

Garibi Hatao (Eradicate Poverty) was the theme for Gandhi’s 1971 bid. On the other hand, the combined opposition alliance had a two word manifesto of “Indira Hatao” (Remove Indira). The Garibi Hatao slogan and the proposed anti-poverty programs that came with it were designed to give Gandhi an independent national support, based on rural and urban poor. The program also provided the central political leadership with new and vast patronage resources to be disbursed… throughout the country.”

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