India: Local Theater

A star upstages Mrs. Gandhi

For the ruling Congress (I) Party, the campaign had all the characteristics of an expensive national election. The party's motorcades were colorful, strewn with flowers and loaded with loudspeakers blaring campaign slogans and songs. Cabinet ministers were brought from New Delhi to address rallies. An estimated $5 million was spent to give each of Congress (I)'s 576 candidates five vehicles, 20,000 posters, 200 cloth banners, 10,000 paper badges, 50,000 pamphlets and a $10,000 campaign fund. It was not a campaign for the national parliament, however, but for...

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