INDIA: The Emergency: A Needed Shock

It is nearly four months since Prime Minister Indira Gandhi proclaimed a state of emergency in India and assumed authoritarian powers. Today critics of her policies—including some in Washington —are taking a cautious second look. This month a joint Indo-U.S. commission, designed to promote better relations, convened in Washington after a long delay. At the time, President Ford emphasized that Washington had great interest in the "strength, progress and economic viability of India." He said he was still anxious to visit India. TIME New Delhi Bureau Chief William Smith recently toured the country and cabled this...

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