Indira Gandhi: Tryst With Power

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How did Indira Gandhi reach the pinnacle of Indian politics? Did India move away from freedom under her leadership? What kind of woman was she?

Indira Gandhi made unorthodox use of power and possessed a highly individual style of functioning. In this book, Nayantara Sahgal persuasively argues that authoritarianism was the inevitable outcome of Indira s personality and temperament. Her leadership marked a drastic break with the democratic tradition of her family and Indian politics. During her regime, the political landscape of India underwent profound changes. The Emergency of 1975 77 was used to promote her son Sanjay as her ultimate successor. The entry of her elder son, Rajiv, into politics after Sanjay s death, and his immediate political prominence showcased Indira s essential belief in her family s right to rule.

Nayantara Sahgal s personal knowledge of her cousin, in combination with her unparalleled access to letters exchanged within the Nehru family, makes for a striking and insightful analysis of Indira s tryst with political power and an unusually penetrating psychological and political portrait from an intimate family viewpoint.

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Nayantara Sahgal has written nine novels and eight works of nonfiction. She is the recipient of the Sinclair Prize for Fiction, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. A member of the Sahitya Akademi s Advisory Board for English till she resigned during the Emergency, Sahgal served on the jury of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1990 and 1991. She has held fellowships in the United States at the Bunting Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the National Humanities Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature by the University of Leeds in 1997. She is associated with the founding of the People s Union for Civil Liberties and served as its vicepresident during the 1980s.

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