Autumn of the Matriarch: Indira Gandhis Final Term in Office

Hardcover | April 29, 2015

byDiego Maiorano

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Indira Gandhi's last years in office as India's prime minister ran from January 1980 to her assassination in October 1984 but until now no book has been devoted to her final term. Among the principal themes discussed in this innovative volume are how Indian politics and society changed in the1970s, including the State of Emergency (1975-77); Congress's response to insurgency in Punjab, Assam and Kashmir; the rise of new forms of political mobilisation in the early 1980s; and the prime minister's relationship with the key institutions of state. Maiorano also reveals how Mrs Gandhi'spolicies in the 1980s impacted on the big industrialists, the middle class, the rich peasantry and the poor, thereby crucially re-orienting India's economic strategy. Autumn of the Matriarch is the first major study of Mrs Gandhi's last years in power, an important juncture in India's recenthistory, as it was then that trends emerged that influenced the country for the next three decades.

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Indira Gandhi's last years in office as India's prime minister ran from January 1980 to her assassination in October 1984 but until now no book has been devoted to her final term. Among the principal themes discussed in this innovative volume are how Indian politics and society changed in the1970s, including the State of Emergency (197...

Diego Maiorano is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Liege, Belgium. He has written several articles on Indian politics and society, most recently for Modern Asian Studies and Economic and Political Weekly.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:April 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190233060

ISBN - 13:9780190233068

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"A meticulously researched and lucidly written study that offers a much needed reappraisal of a central figure and a pivotal decade in Indian politics. Maiorano is a fine scholar, measured and perceptive in his assessments, challenging simplistic views of Indira Gandhi and the 1980s." --Rochana Bajpai, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London