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...

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