India: A Massive Protest

While her opponents danced in the streets of Bombay, threw confetti in Calcutta, and held victory parades in Madras, Indira Gandhi retreated into the seclusion of her modest New Delhi bungalow. There was ample reason for gloom. The Congress Party, which has ruled India for 20 years and won elections with clocklike regularity, suffered setbacks in India's fourth general elections that far exceeded even the most pessimistic predictions and imperiled Indira's chances of continuing as Prime Minister.

As the ballots of 150 million voters were laboriously counted by hand at tabulating stations...

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