Did Indira Gandhi know she was going to be assassinated?

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By Sunil Kumar After the assault on the Golden Temple; Indira Gandhi would certainly have been aware of the fact that there would be considerable resentment amongst the Sikhs. It is speculated that the PM had a premonition regarding her …

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Who killed LN Mishra; India’s rail minister in an Indira Gandhi government?

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By Sunil Kumar LN Mishra died on the dais when he was inaugurating a new line in Samastipur; Bihar. The case is a mystery. Former PM Indira Gandhi alleged that a foreign hand(the CIA) was behind the killing. Later; according …

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Why were Western political leaders like Nixon not too fond of Indira Gandhi?

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By Sunil Kumar She probably served as a reminder that the rest of the world; especially India could also stand up for itself; and manage to do the same wheeling and dealing the West has done throughout history. And then …

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Should Narendra Modi ban the BBC just like Indira Gandhi?

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By Sunil Kumar If Mr. Modi even contemplates banning the BBC; we would have to contend with another barrage of fascist allegations; the murder of democracy and squashing of dissent. The loudest voices in this crusade would not be British; …

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What was the relationship between Indira Gandhi and M.O Mathai?

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By Sunil Kumar picy and sleazy; if you believe M.O Mathai. As a Private Secretary and special assistant to Nehru from 1946 to 59; he certainly had a lot of access to the Nehru-Gandhi family. According to Mathai; he was …

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

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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?

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

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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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