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Autumn of the Matriarch
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Autumn of the Matriarch: Indira Gandhi's Final Term in Office

Diego Maiorano


This book studies Indira Gandhi’s final term in office as India’s Prime Minister (1980–84). This is an important period in the country’s recent history as it is then that some of the defining features of today’s India’s political system emerged. The book argues that the early 1980s were a period of uncompromising change, particularly in three key areas. First, India undertook the road that would eventually lead to the liberalization of the economy; second, new forms of political mobilization emerged, including mobilization based on communal identities; third, the polity became increasingly reg ... More

Keywords: India, Indira Gandhi, economic change, political change, social change, institutions, personal rule, corruption, communalism, regionalization, centralization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190233068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190233068.001.0001


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Diego Maiorano, author

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