INDIA: The Opposition Strikes Back

India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, 59, is a shrewd tactician who gambles only on sure things. Last month, to the astonishment of her 620 million countrymen, she suddenly relaxed the emergency regulations under which Indians had been living for 18 months, released dozens of leading political prisoners from detention and announced that the country's long-postponed elections would be held in mid-March. By last week Mrs. Gandhi could wish that she had left bad enough alone. Within a span of three days, the opposition staged a vigorous reincarnation and one of her most...

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