INDIA: Life in a Derailed Democracy

Once outspoken Indians glanced nervously over their shoulders to see if anyone was listening before they dared engage in whispered political discussions. Single-page underground newspapers circulated in an attempt to provide information barred by censors from India's once lively established dailies. Some politicians who have not yet been arrested have gone into hiding; others have become temporary political emigres by slipping over the border into Nepal.

That was the accumulating legacy of the state of emergency, now in its third week, under which Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has suspended India's fundamental freedoms. Although the country generally seemed to be responding...

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