What qualities of Indira Gandhi made Kamaraj to pitch her for the position of the Prime Minister of India?

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By Sunil Kumar The qualities of Indira Gandhi that made K. Kamaraj pitch her for the position of the PM; her international reputation(as daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru), the ability to attract minority votes(a tactic used by nearly every political dispensation …

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Why did Morarji Desai resign?

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By Sunil Kumar Morarji Desai’s reputation as a tough nut and a strong follower of fellow Gujarati M.K Gandhi was forged even before independence. Interesting snippets: The oldest of eight children and son of a school-teacher Morarji Desai became part …

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What exactly happened when Indira Gandhi devalued the rupee on 6/6/66?

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By Sunil Kumar Throughout the 1950s and the 60s; India had high trade deficits. The Indian rupee had been pegged to the pound sterling for a long time; and even in 1966; a lot of international trade happened in the …

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What is the true meaning of the 3rd verse of the Soundarya Lahiri?

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By Sunil Kumar According to online sources; the meaning of the 3rd verse of the Soundarya Lahiri(probably by Pushpadanta and Adi Shankaracharya) is; “Shridevi! The dust of your lotus feet is: Island city of the Suns removing the darkness of …

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How did the 1975 Emergency shape the future of Indian politics?

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By Sunil Kumar Thanks. 41 years since the 1975 Emergency. Indian politics has altered beyond belief in this time period. The immediate consequence of Indira Gandhi’s experiment was that India had a non-Congress government for the first time. Jayaprakash Narayan’s …

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Was there any visible change in Indira Gandhi’s working style after she was re-elected as PM in 1980?

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By Sunil Kumar After the 7th General elections were held on 3rd and 6th Jan 1980; Indira Gandhi again became the 8th Prime Minister with a landslide victory of 353 seats; on Jan 14th.   Her prime-ministership(the final innings of …

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How was Rahul Gandhi as a student?

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By Sunil Kumar Rahul Gandhi was an interesting student. Here’s the official version; Due to security concerns; he was home-schooled; and obtained degrees in international relations and development studies at the Universities of Rollins and Cambridge. Born in 1970; he …

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What are some fascinating facts related to the rise of India’s BJP?

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By Sunil Kumar The BJP(Bharatiya Janata Party), founded on April 6, 1980 was an offshoot of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, established in 1951 by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. After the first non-Congress government dissolved in 1980; erstwhile members of the Sangh; …

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What are personal relations like between Maneka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi?

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By Sunil Kumar The world’s largest democracy; and its most chequered and celebrated family; the two main Gandhi women; are as different as chalk and cheese. Although; they share the same profession; politics; their long history and relationship with the …

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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By Sunil Kumar “A successful politician is someone who means all things to all people”. This enigmatic phrase seems to sum up this insightful biography of Vajpayee; by Kingshuk Nag. For someone who is psychologically invested in the future of …

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