INDIA: Tightening the Grip

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's tenth anniversary in office was marked late last month with celebrations throughout the country. At one mass rally in Bombay, the president of India's ruling Congress Party compared her to the Hindu goddess of strength. The comparison was apt. On the last day of January she expunged one of the two remaining pockets of opposition by dissolving the state assembly and dismissing the government of Tamil Nadu—the populous (45 million) former state of Madras. In its place she imposed direct rule from New Delhi. Twenty planeloads of police...

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