India: Two Decades of Independence

Standing on the same rampart of New Delhi's Red Fort where her fa ther had hailed India's independence 20 years ago, a tired and frail Indira Gandhi seemed to reflect her country's uncertain, troubled mood. There was no joy, no bright promise in her independence-day speech. Instead, last week the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru told her countrymen: "We are in deep water." But even while she conceded the gravity of India's food shortages and other problems, the lady Prime Minister scolded the younger generation for complaining about the situation and for being oblivious of the country's progress in the...

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