INDIA: Empress in Distress

Mrs. Gandhi foils the government—for the moment

"When you strike at a king," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "you must kill him." Last week the government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai struck at the woman who once was idolized and later feared as the virtual empress of India —and it missed. Indira Gandhi's successors in power, many of whom had languished in prison during her 21-month state of emergency, had been closing a net of police investigations around her for weeks. When she was finally arrested and taken to court, Mrs. Gandhi slipped out of the net with ease—proving once more that...

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