INDIA: Father's Daughter

In village after village, peasant women showered her with flowers and shouted her name; children fashioned garlands for her; elders asked her advice. A new political personality—a woman, at that—was emerging in India. The woman: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's only daughter Indira.

At 37, Indira is a slim, dark-eyed woman of practiced poise. "My public life started at the age of three," she recently explained. "I have no recollection of games, or playing with other children. My favorite occupation as a very small child was to deliver thunderous speeches to the servants, standing on a high table." At four, she...

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