Indira Gandhi and Lee Kuan Yew

  Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew is compared to Indira Gandhi by the Indian journalist, Sunanda Datta-Ray, who once worked for The Straits Times. In his book, Looking East to Look West, exploring India-Singapore relations, based on his interviews with MM Lee, he writes: Lee and Indira Gandhi shared a brutal commitment to power, […]

An absorbing history of India since independence

India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy is a riveting account of India since independence  in 1947.  The narrative never flags. Historical figures are brought to life and history re-enacted in its pages. It makes you appreciate […]

Indira Gandhi

Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi by Katherine Graham I just finished reading Katherine Frank’s biography of Indira Gandhi,  Indira Gandhi was undoubtedly popular for a long time.Spirited, courageous, cultured, artistic, she had many admirable qualities. But I wouldn’t want her back as a leader. Nor her father, Jawaharlal Nehru. He might not have been […]