India: Actor's Inequity

Gandhi allies oust an ex-idol

Dressed in the saffron robes of a holy man, a role he played in many of his 300 films, Actor-Turned-Politician N.T. Rama Rao, 61, was mobbed by reporters and supporters when he arrived last week in New Delhi, India's capital. Though still recuperating from a recent heart bypass operation, Rama Rao had made the two-hour flight from his home state of Andhra Pradesh to protest his sudden ouster a few days earlier as chief minister, the state's top elected official. Rama Rao had been swept into that office only last year, when his Telugu Desam party...

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