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Dictator, Democrat: Public Perceptions And Facts

Bengaluru: India has been acknowledged as the biggest democracy in the world since the previous century after the country attained freedom from the clutches of the British. There have been periodic elections regularly but during the emergency considered the black chapter for banning the fundamental rights of the citizens. Dictator controversy: Maybe after the dubious stint of emergency giving rise to a second struggle for freedom, the controversial decision also paved the way for a new series of accusations against Indira Gandhi. Indira Priyardarshini Gandhi popularly known as Indira Gandhi served the country as the third Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and later from 1980 until her assassination in 1984. Decades later, she continues to be termed as a dictator while at the helm of affairs of the party and country. Samarendra Kundu's revelation: Samarendra Kundu, a Janata Dal leader had come to Bengaluru when the Janata Pariwar parties were in power during the earlier eighties. H
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