INDIA: Uniting Against Indira

A shoo-in for Indira. That was the dominant opinion when, after a year and a half of "emergency" rule, India's Prime Minister two months ago called elections for mid-March. Presumably, went the argument, shrewd Indira Gandhi would not be going to the voters unless she was certain of victory. But by last week, many observers in New Delhi were convinced that the elections Mrs. Gandhi could not lose had turned into a horse race.

What happened? For one thing, smarting under Indira's quasi-dictatorial rule, the opposition learned to work together for the first...

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