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Inder Malhotra

The writer was a Delhi-based political commentator. He passed away on June 11, 2016.

House in distress
Fri, Sep 07, 2012

From the glory days of the Nehru era to the squalid spectacle of today

Shastri’s burden
Mon, Sep 03, 2012

The new prime minister was soon besieged by food shortage and the language agitation

The advent of the PMO
Mon, Aug 20, 2012

Shastri called the new power centre the ‘Prime Minister’s Secretariat’. It was Morarji Desai who changed the name

The unhidden persuaders
Wed, Aug 15, 2012

What will it take to win freedom from the menace of 24x7 telesales?

When Shastri took ill
Mon, Aug 06, 2012

By appointing Swaran Singh foreign minister,Shastri displayed confidence and a sense of timing

In Nehru’s oversized shoes
Mon, Jul 23, 2012

In performing his first task as PM — cabinet formation — Lal Bahadur Shastri revealed his political style

Very Indian Phenomenon
Sat, Jul 21, 2012

The British created VIPs,independent India embraced them

Army’s shadow over Shastri’s succession
Mon, Jul 09, 2012

General Chaudhuri ordered 6,000 soldiers in UP to come to Delhi for Nehru’s funeral. He omitted to inform the defence minister

Revisiting Shimla
Mon, Jul 02, 2012

Many still wonder how India’s most clear-eyed and hard-headed PM agreed to trust Bhutto’s word

Emergency exit
Fri, Jun 29, 2012

Its 37th anniversary went practically unnoticed in the country

Why Morarji was bound to lose
Mon, Jun 25, 2012

A year before Shastri’s succession,Desai had already alienated his party and Parliament

Day of decision
Mon, Jun 11, 2012

On June 2,1964,as Kamaraj had planned,Nehru’s successor was named

Mission Accomplished
Sat, Jun 09, 2012

A young diplomat’s concerns about Shimla Agreement go unheeded. An envoy to Vienna receives three curious instructions from Indira Gandhi. Engrossing accounts by former ambassadors

Nehru’s mantle on Shastri’s shoulders
Mon, May 28, 2012

The successor had stayed aloof from the tasteless bickering over succession

When the sun set on the Nehru era
Mon, May 14, 2012

‘Panditji’ was an ardent admirer of the Buddha. As it happened,May 27,1964 was Buddha Jayanti

The man for all reasons
Fri, May 11, 2012

Pranab Mukherjee,the undeclared candidate for president,has formidable talent and incomparable experience

Busy till the end
Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Nehru did not,in the end,‘defeat time’. But he utilised every minute he had

Presidential poll
Playing presidential politics
Fri, Apr 27, 2012

Electing a president was not always a fragile numbers game. A look back at earlier contests

On the back foot
Mon, Apr 16, 2012

An argument in the Lok Sabha over Nehru’s faulty China policy led to the only no-confidence motion against his government

Kamaraj’s formidable power
Mon, Apr 02, 2012

Kamaraj was in a pivotal position to shape the transition that began with Nehru’s stroke

The General’s labyrinth
Fri, Mar 30, 2012

Contrast this army chief with another aggrieved one: K.S. Thimayya

A purge with no losers
Mon, Mar 19, 2012

The Kamaraj Plan was the ultimate win-win for the Congress leadership

The Sheikh’s last stab
Mon, Mar 05, 2012

In 1964,Sheikh Abdullah visited Pakistan again to suggest a confederation between India,Pakistan and Kashmir

The courage of 13 Kumaon
Mon, Feb 20, 2012

Amid the army’s ignominy in 1962,there were stories of incredible bravery — like the battle of Rezang La

How to make foes and alienate people
Mon, Feb 06, 2012

Krishna Menon was as unpopular in India as he was with the West — but Nehru believed in him