A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 12, 1984

As the only U.S. newsmagazine with a fully staffed bureau operation in New Delhi, TIME was prepared for swift action when a wire-service ticker flashed the news of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination. Bureau Chief Dean Brelis, who had seen Mrs. Gandhi only two weeks earlier, instantly began gearing up for his own extensive reporting duties. He assigned Reporter K.K. Sharma to gather a profile of new Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and asked Bureau Manager Deepak Puri and Researcher Arti Ahluwalia to pull together background material on Mrs. Gandhi. Brelis also obtained, exclusively for TIME, the last known photos of Mrs....

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