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

  • Paul R. Brass - Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science and International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
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© 2014 | 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
 
I: LAST DAYS IN LUCKNOW, 1967-1975
 
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
 
Hiatus
 
II: EMERGENCY AND ITS TERMINATION
 
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
 
III: AMBITIONS FULFILLED AND THWARTED, 1979- 87
 
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
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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