3 defining political blunders

Indira Gandhi targeting the RSS during the Emergency, Rajiv deciding to give up the mandate in 1989, and Vajpayee and Advani advancing elections - these errors changed the course of India's politics

Illustration: Binay Sinha

Illustration: Binay Sinha (Representative image)

Shekhar Gupta
In his replies during the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address in both Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took us back seven decades to count what he sees as the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty’s errors across our independent history.

This gives us the cue for another question: What is the biggest, the most consequential political blunder made by any party or leader in independent India? It is challenging to name just one, so we will list three. We are also confining our search to the past 50 years.

As we go along, I will also put them in
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First Published: Feb 10 2024 | 9:30 AM IST

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