| 7-minute read
The trains ran on time, the press crawled: An Emergency lesson was that Indians are not obsessed with political freedom
We romanticised the 1977 election ending Mrs Gandhi's rule. Sterilisation and the Opposition's imprisonment showed the Gandhis to be amateurs. Anyone could learn from their mistakes today.
The Emergency meant a surface of tranquility in Union-ridden Kerala. But under the surface, tremendous brutality simmered, which burst forth in the P Rajan case that rocked the state.
| 9-minute read
When Indira Gandhi declared Emergency: 44 years ago, the build-up to the suspension of our liberties
In June 1975, the political climate around Indira Gandhi was growing stormier by the second. On the 25 of June, Emergency was declared. But the build-up was full of strange stories and characters.
| 6-minute read
Without a Nehru-Gandhi at the helm, the Congress has only seen doom. And the fact is, even now, despite the Modi wave and the politics of hate, Rahul Gandhi has a lot to feel confident about.
The Good, Bad and Portentous: Narendra Modi's five-year report card, and how this compares to Mrs Indira Gandhi
Since Modi’s leadership has been closely compared to Indira Gandhi’s, what lessons can he learn from her rise, fall and rise?
| 16-minute read
India's Most Famous Saas-Bahu Saga: Why Indira Gandhi's household produced eternal bitterness between her daughters-in-law
As Maneka and Sonia Gandhi hit the headlines for their political moves, a look back at when the two women were just daughters-in-law to PM Indira Gandhi, in whose home a relationship of bickering and an eventual break in embittered ties began.
MISA, Emergency, forced sterilisations: Why is Priyanka Gandhi resembling Indira Gandhi a good thing?
For many, the memory of Indira Gandhi is associated with a chaotic, violent, horror-filled time. Not something that would make them want to vote for her granddaughter.
| 2-minute read