India: Helping Mummy

New face, familiar family

His brother Sanjay would have favored a big celebration, but Rajiv Gandhi, 36, is more modest. The hurrahs were subdued last week after the eldest son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi—and the grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru—won a landslide by-election victory and captured the parliamentary seat vacated as a result of Sanjay's death last June. Wearing the white homespun kurta-pajama favored by Indian politicians, Rajiv met simply with a few friends and reporters at his mother's house, where he lives.

No one had doubted that the newest Gandhi to enter...

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