INDIA: Troubled Times for Indira

Communal clashes and a staggering economy plague her regime

"Prime Minister [Indira] Gandhi has failed to solve or even to offer effective solutions to India's major domestic problems." The Indian leader appears to have "run out of political steam," and displays "elements of paranoia and cynicism" in "seeking to blame internal problems on external interference." Her ten-month-old government has been categorized by "erratic" performance, "pedestrian and superficial" style, and "dismaying indecisiveness and ineffectiveness."

Strong words indeed, especially coming from a diplomat. Those harsh comments on Mrs. Gandhi and her government are from a confidential...

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