INDIA: Indira's Time of Trouble

Not since India gained its independence from Britain in 1947 had it faced a constitutional crisis of such magnitude. Last week Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was found guilty of campaign irregularities in the 1971 parliamentary elections that returned her to office for a second term. As a result, she was barred from her seat in Parliament and disqualified from holding elective office for six years. Her lawyers immediately announced that they would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, and Justice Jag Mohan Lai Sinha issued a stay of 20 days pending...

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