India: More Troubles for Indira

"An elephant trapped in quicksand" is the way Indira Gandhi sometimes describes her ruling Congress Party. During the past few years, the party's dismal performance makes that description seem particularly apt. Indian voters have turned against the once all-powerful Congress Party. In the 1967 state elections, for example, the party lost control of four key states—Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and the Punjab. In last February's midterm elections in those states, Congress failed to regain its old supremacy. Last week the party developed new troubles: an open power struggle in the leadership....

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