| 4-minute read
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 14-minute read
'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.
| 3-minute read
[Book extract] The reporter had apparently not done his homework.
| 5-minute read
'She turned towards brash, power-wielding men rather than towards philosophical-idealists like her father.'
| 5-minute read
Emotional rhetoric can't be successful always when the situation on ground demands introspection.
| 2-minute read
Angiography | 3-minute read