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India Since Independence by V. Krishna Ananth

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XII

The Rajiv Gandhi Era

On New Year’s eve, Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as Prime Minister by the President Zail Singh – for the second time in two months. …. On October 31, a fateful day of shock and grief, he took over as Prime Minister in a depressing atmosphere. … But now the prize was his – in his own right, earned in a national contest.

—K. K. Katyal, Frontline, Volume 1, No. 3

The Congress (I), in October 1984, was indeed a pale shadow of its own self in January 1980. We did see, in the previous chapter, that the party had lost state assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka; the trouble in Punjab and Assam; the opposition parties gathering together and that this time, it was happening with a new set of leaders, representing ...

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