INDIA: Indira's Return

An attempt to restore a dynasty

For the villagers of Rae Bareli in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the vigorous woman in the beige sari electioneering under a roadside arbor was a haunting apparition from India's political past. Raising an orange-colored bullhorn, she repeated her blunt and simple slogan: "Banish poverty!" Seizing upon the issue of most urgent concern to her peasant audience—the high price of onions —she promised not only to fight inflation but to bring the bounty of the welfare state closer to home. "I don't know whether you've had any...

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