Indira Gandhi

India as a ‘soft state’

Swapan Dasgupta

The citizens of Nehruvian and post-Nehruvian India often attempted to justify their vulnerability by claiming to be preoccupied with loftier things

One Vote for One Nation That Is Bharat

By the way, were Indira and Nehru anti-federal because they held all elections on a single day?

Resilient Republic

India as an enduring story of democracy

A Muslim PM

Why it’s unlikely in the near future

12 June 1975: The Day That Changed India, Shook Indira

How the events of 12 June 1975 launched a political revolution

Why Congress is Essential for India and How it Can Be Revived

Congress must rejuvenate itself, bringing in fresh faces and young blood into its leadership at all levels. It would help if the party took steps to promote inner-party democracy and a more consultative decision-making style: Open up the party to internal elections for its key positions. Seek the views of a wide cross-section of party stalwarts, not just a favoured few. Allow and encourage the emergence of local, state and regional leaders, ratified by periodic votes of party members

Why Did Indira Gandhi Call for Elections in January 1977?

The author, whose father HY Sharada Prasad was Information advisor to Indira Gandhi, examines the likely reasons why she relaxed the Emergency and called for elections

In Uddhav Thackeray’s Absence

Nobody expects to question the prolonged absence of the chief minister

The Low Command

How the Congress leadership has lost its sway over chief ministers

The Problem with the Illiberal Label

India remains a democracy and has been so except for a brief period when elections were suspended and fundamental rights curbed across the land


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