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Narendra Modi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Swatantra party

45 years after its dissolution, here's what opposition parties must learn from Swatantra Party

'Indira Hatao' made Indira Gandhi stronger. 'Modi Hatao' made Modi look invincible. The opposition can refuse to ignore this at its own peril.


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Narendra Modi, Nationalism, Congress, Indira Gandhi

How Indira Gandhi's Congress Declined: Ironically, it's not the INC but Narendra Modi who's following her footsteps

Indira Gandhi built the Congress on toughness, empathy and pride in roots, culture and national security. Today's Congress leaders seem determined to dissipate her legacy.


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1977 lok sabha elections, Sterilisation program, Congress, Sanjay Gandhi

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.


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BJP, Priyanka Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Congress president

How to Save the Congress: Only a 'Gandhi Mukt Congress' can avert 'Congress Mukt Bharat'

Rahul Gandhi's petulance and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's weakness is no longer the glue that will hold Congress together. The party urgently needs an interim President and real party elections.


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K karunakaran, C achutha menon, P rajan case, Kerala

Emergency in Kerala: The trains ran on time, young students like P Rajan were killed

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.


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Congress, Sanjay Gandhi, Jai prakash narayan, Indira Gandhi

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.


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Rajiv gandhi legacy, Indira Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Nyay

Happy Birthday, Rahul Gandhi! Let's reflect on the year that was

Do some hard thinking. Maybe you do not have the mettle, and the nastiness, required to be a politician in South Asia. Maybe you didn’t want it in the first place.


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Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Congress, Rahul Gandhi

Happy Birthday, Rahul Gandhi!

As the Congress president turns 49, here's wishing him a long, health and happy life.


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Congress president, Emergency, Indira Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi

Only a Gandhi: Why I think Rahul Gandhi, and only a member of the dynasty, should lead the Congress

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.


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Indira Gandhi, Golden temple, Operation blue star

Operation Blue Star: 35 years later, has the Sikh elite's perception of the event changed?

Today, 1984's traumatic Operation Blue Star appears water under the bridge for Delhi's Sikh elite. Why has such a different impression of the event, which scarred Punjab back then, emerged?