What are the top 10 non-fiction books about India everybody must read?


By Sunil Kumar In no particular order; here are some non-fictional books about India that made an impact somewhat personally. Around India in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh: Liked the descriptions in this book, the train rides and different facets of …

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


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


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


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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Why did Sanjay Gandhi slap Indira six times at a dinner party?


By Sunil Kumar This is a famous story about Indira Gandhi and Sanjay reported by Washington Post Journalist Lewis M. Simmons. Supposed to have happened some time before the Emergency in 1975. Also mentioned by various media; and Vinod Mehta …

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


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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The Buckingham Secret


By Sunil Kumar Gaanda Ghela na karto(Don’t showcase your mischief). The Parsis, a distinctive facet of Bombay existence are known for their ribald humor, philanthropy, eccentricity and a fascination for things “phoren”. So; begins another day at the J.R.D Tata …

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