Inder Malhotra The Indian Express Group

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A game-changing presidential poll

Monday 6 January '14

In love, war and Indian elections, the winner takes all — and in 1969, Indira Gandhi emerged as victor.
A populist move, a party chasm

Monday 23 December '13

Zakir Husain’s death in 1969 exposed the battle between Indira Gandhi and Morarji Desai for leadership within the party.
A rough landing

Tuesday 17 December '13

War, secrets and spies heralded the now-retiring MiG-21’s arrival in India.
A sideshow that made headlines

Monday 25 November '13

In 1967, the defection of Stalin’s daughter to the US while on Indian soil captured the world’s imagination
When Congress's loss became Indira Gandhi's gain

Monday 11 November '13

The party's poor performance in the 1967 polls put an end to Morarji Desai’s leadership bid.
Gaining from her party’s losses

Monday 24 June '13

Indira Gandhi’s position was strengthened by the ‘catastrophe’ that befell the Congress in the 1967 polls
Locked House

Tuesday 18 June '13

Both the BJP and Congress are responsible for a dysfunctional Parliament
Indira Gandhi’s leftward swing

Monday 10 June '13

Lyndon B. Johnson’s retaliation for India’s condemnation of the Vietnam war was swift and searing
A storm of protest

Monday 27 May '13

Indira Gandhi's decision to devalue the rupee in 1966, as Lal Bahadur Shastri had intended to do, was controversial
The PM's sabha

Thursday 16 May '13

The next head of government should be a member of the directly elected House
Mission to America

Monday 13 May '13

Indira Gandhi secured food and economic aid, but came under attack from within her party and without
Rebuke for Wilson, rapport with De Gaulle

Monday 29 April '13

Indira Gandhi used her trip to Washington to send a message to the British prime minister
A hostile mood in Parliament

Monday 15 April '13

The crowds that had gone delirious while welcoming her rise to power were now demonstrating against her.
Day of the turncoats

Monday 8 April '13

No party is averse to welcoming political migratory birds. But the Congress takes the cake
An uncertain beginning

Monday 1 April '13

Indira Gandhi had a challenging start to her first tenure as prime minister
The power of secrecy

Monday 25 March '13

Intelligence agencies must be made subject to parliamentary scrutiny
The second succession

Monday 18 March '13

The Congress top brass rallied around Indira Gandhi in the leadership tussle after Shastri’s death
Triumph and tragedy at Tashkent

Monday 4 March '13

With the signing of a peace agreement between India and Pakistan came the news of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s passing
Roadblocks at Tashkent

Monday 18 February '13

Differing objectives for a peace declaration after the 1965 war almost led to the collapse of the India-Pakistan talks
The road to Tashkent

Monday 4 February '13

How the Soviet Union brought India and Pakistan to the negotiating table after the 1965 war


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Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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