India: Strength in Weakness

As the Prime Minister who presided over the worst election setback in the history of India's ruling Congress Party, Indira Gandhi might well have expected to be dismissed from office, for her lackluster campaigning and uncertain leadership contributed to the debacle. Yet, as Congress Party leaders gathered in New Delhi last week to decide what to do next, Indira seemed almost certain to hold her job.

The reason was ironic: many of the party's kingmakers, who had planned to oust her, had themselves been voted out of Parliament and were thus in a weaker position than Indira, who won her...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!