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The resurrection of Durga: Indira Gandhi's spectacular politics in the 1980s

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The cult of personality around Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has traditionally been explained with reference to her role in the Bangladesh War, the Emergency, and Operation Blue Star. Moreover, historiographical narratives woven around these episodes largely portray her as a champion of ‘socialism’ and the poor. Going beyond these characterisations, this thesis is organised around four ‘state spectacles’ that captured Indian middle class imagination in the early 1980s – the Asian Games in N...

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Smriti Sawkar More by this author

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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