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An Indian Political Life

An Indian Political Life
Charan Singh and Congress Politics, 1967 to 1987

First Edition
  • Paul R. Brass - Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science and International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Critical Acclaim

January 2019 | 330 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Charan Singh and Congress Politics, 1967 to 1987, the third and final volume in the trilogy of The Politics of Northern India, begins with the dramatic political event of the fall of the Congress in the most critical state of UP and the formation of the first non-Congress government. This event was of the utmost concern to Indira Gandhi, for she could not rule the country without a firm political base in the most populous state of the country. Insofar as Charan Singh was concerned, it marked the beginning of his rise to power in the state and the beginning also of the dramatic and complicated struggle between him and Indira Gandhi.

The current volume, like the previous volumes, is based upon the author’s access to all the critical documents in Charan Singh’s political life, an access that was provided to him by Charan Singh personally, and which he has used specifically for this work on his political life.


Preface and Series Note
Chronology of Principal Events in the Life of Charan Singh
The fall of the Congress and Formation of the first Non-Congress Government
Alignments and Realignments
Misalliances: Charan Singh and Indira Gandhi
“Nationalization” of the UP Sugar Industry
Indira Gandhi, Kamalapati Tripathi, Charan Singh and “New Congress” Politics
Land Ceilings
Declaration of the Emergency and Its Justification
The Gradual Restoration of Normality and Termination of the Emergency
The Fall and Rise of Indira Gandhi
Arrest And Release Drama
Split Between Morarji Desai And Charan Singh
Defeat, Outrage, and Division
Charan Singh’s Legacy
APPENDIX A: Interview with Chaudhuri Charan Singh at the Suraj Khand Inspection House, Outside of Delhi, March 24, 1978 (Recall From Memory)
APPENDIX B: Remarks of Narain Dutt Tiwari, Minister Of Finance, UP, Concerning Charan Singh. Part of a taped interview in his home, Lucknow, July 22 1973
Appendix C: Paul R. Brass Transcribed Interview with Indira Gandhi, 26 March 1978

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