What did Mrs. Indira Gandhi and Bhindrawale achieve and lose in the Punjab conflict/terrorism/destruction?

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By Sunil Kumar Today is an auspicious day in India, Bhaiya-Dooj in the North and Bhau-Beej in Maharashtra. So, spreading the good vibes of this festival and cheer is better. Somewhat inappropriate to dwell on the existential angst and suffering …

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What is the old name of Indira Point?

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By Sunil Kumar Indira point is the southernmost tip of India; situated on Great Nicobar island; part of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. Formerly known as Pygmalion or Parsons point; it was named after Indira Gandhi(1917–1984); India’s former Prime Minister …

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Why wasn’t the vice-president Gopal Swarup Pathak made the president of India after his term unlike his predecessors?

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting question. For this we have to delve a little into the politics of 60s and 70s India; and the labyrinth of Delhi’s bureaucracy. As everybody knows in India; the office of President is not nearly as …

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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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