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POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Imran hussain, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Sanjay Gandhi, Akash vijayvargiya

When netas beat us up: Why BJP's Akash Vijayvargiya and other politicians like 'justice', Sanjay Gandhi-style

Akash Vijaywargiya is the latest entrant to this hall of fame. From Biju Patnaik to Imran Hussain, many politicians have shown a tenderness for beating up people.

POLITICS

 |  7-minute read
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.

POLITICS

 |  9-minute read
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.

POLITICS

 |  16-minute read
Khushwant Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, Maruti, Emergency

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.

ART & CULTURE

 |  14-minute read
Sterlisation, Muslims, Sanjay Gandhi, Emergency

'Do you think we're mad... to create another Pakistan?' How Sanjay Gandhi's Emergency drive terrorised Muslims

[Book excerpt] Journalists John Dayal and Ajoy Bose recount the horrors of Turkman Gate demolitions and sterilisations.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Indira Gandhi, Emergency, Pn haksar, Sanjay Gandhi

When New York Times reported there was bad blood between PN Haksar and Sanjay Gandhi

[Book extract] The reporter had apparently not done his homework.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
Sanjay Gandhi, Feroze Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi

How Iron Lady Indira Gandhi was let down by the men in her life

'She turned towards brash, power-wielding men rather than towards philosophical-idealists like her father.'

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Sanjay Gandhi, Black Money, Demonetisation

Demonetisation haste: History has a warning for Modi

Emotional rhetoric can't be successful always when the situation on ground demands introspection.

POLITICS

 |  2-minute read
Coomi Kapoor, Adil Shahryar, Sanjay Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj

Whose friend was Adil Shahryar?

A rumour dogged Sanjay Gandhi all his life was that he, along with his friend, son of close family friend, had taken to stealing cars and going on joyrides.

POLITICS

 |  Angiography  |  3-minute read
Adil Shahryar, Congress, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi

Why Adil Shahryar has come back to haunt the Gandhis

Prodigal son of Mohammed Yunus, controversial member of the Emergency coterie, could have been the reason why Warren Anderson was let off so easily.