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Indira GandhiSubscribe to Indira Gandhi

Charisma Through Communication: Comparing Modi's Media Strategy to Nehru and Indira

This paper looks at how Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi used traditional media–radio and print–and their communication styles. It then goes on to examine Narendra Modi’s use of media and his ways of communication, drawing comparisons with the Congress when it was dominant. The paper concludes by arguing that though there are certain continuities in the use of mass media in the two eras, the changes are equally significant.

A Man of Ideas and a Woman with a Sense of Power

Intertwined Lives: P N Haksar and Indira Gandhi by Jairam Ramesh, New Delhi: Simon and Schuster, 2018; pp xvi + 518, ₹ 799.


First Amendment to Constitution of India

India's Constitution has been amended over a hundred times since its inception in 1950. The landmark amendments are discussed with special emphasis on the first amendment, which altered the way the freedom of speech and expression was originally understood by the framers of the Constitution.

India's Role in Bangladesh's War of Independence: Humanitarianism or Self-interest?

This paper assesses India's decision to intervene militarily in Bangladesh's War of Independence in 1971. It explores the various arguments - shared ethnicity, irredentist tendencies, lack of international involvement, and the need to tip the balance of power against Pakistan - to understand the motivations behind India's apparent aggressive behaviour, as deemed by the international community at the time. By analysing the speeches of the key actors and reactions of ordinary men and women, it is argued that the lack of international interest and the heavy burden that India faced due to the 10 million refugees it hosted explain the timing of and impetus for military intervention, an action with repercussions that are experienced even today.

Pokhran Tests and Memories of Emergency

Just a year after Pokhran I Internal Emergency was declared in the country. Then too as now, the ruling leadership in New Delhi needed some 'shock treatment' to bring disgruntled elements in line. And again, then, as now, the business classes were talking of a 'national government' and of the need to review the Constitution.

The Peace Show

For the elite in this country international affairs are a great show-business. For several months now Indira Gandhi has demonstrated that from games to development in the third world, almost anything, can be transformed into a show business, naturally she herself being at the centre of the business. To be fair to her, she certainly has a remarkable sense of colour and the sarees she chose to wear during the NAM or CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) proved that she is without doubt the best-dressed HOG in the entire world. Add to it her speech-writer's brahmimcal skills with the language, her diction, her carriage and the poise. The dazzing picture of the politics of the undernourished third world is complete. These shows with their customary 'anti-North' veneer satisfy the theorists in the developed world. The theorists around the Moskva viver then see the enormous possibilities of such a well-dressed and articulate leadership. Those around the Rhein or Thames see excellent opportunity in the sub-continent. The Americans have pocketed Pakistan, the World Bank is looking after Bangladesh. It requires some continental finesses to deal with the clever Brahmins in New Delhi and of course her stern, imperial majesty who orders them about. Now it appears that one more show might be around the corner. Two enterprising journalists from New Delhi (could they have been from anywhere else?) who look after Indo- Scandinaviun Friendship have filed Indira 'Gandhi's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Seven members of Parliament have supported the nomination.

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