INDIA: Indira's Coronation

At the end of last December's war with Pakistan, which left India the dominant power on the subcontinent, a senior British diplomat wryly commented that the victory had made Indira Gandhi "Empress of India." After last week's state elections, in which Mrs. Gandhi's New Congress Party scored the most overwhelming electoral victory in the history of independent India, an American official added: "And this was her coronation."

The election was indeed a personal triumph for India's Prime Minister. A year ago, she led her splintered party to victory in parliamentary elections under...

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