ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Bonaparte in the Making

We have left behind a time when a political crony coined the crude acme of sycophancy: 'Indira is India'. But we still have a prime minister who can roar that he will 'dismiss' a state government if it were found to be taking 'an anti-national direction'. Among the hopes kindled in certain quarters when Rajiv Gandhi took over as prime minister in December 1984 was that he would establish a new relationship between the centre and the states. And it is here that his political failure has been most sadly profound.

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