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1984: Two Months

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1984: Two Months
1984: Two Months
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In my long professional career, covering two incidents amidst difficult circumstances is etched in my mind. One was the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the other the dismissal of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N.T. Rama Rao. Both happened in 1984 in a space of two months. Both were heads of state and charismatic leaders with a popular mass base and both had built up a personality cult around themselves. What happened to them had its own echo in the country.

There was a month-long political drama in August-September 1984 when NTR was dismissed and later reinstated by a rattled Indira Gandhi. Mrs Gandhi’s assassination in October was a shocking incident, resulting in the Sikh riots in Delhi. There was mob fury, violence, riots, curfew and arson in the aftermath.

I was a reporter in Hyderabad working for the UNI. It was not so dangerous for women scribes to work in the field, although we were only a handful. N.T.Rama Rao came to power riding on the slogan of “Atma gauravam” when Rajiv Gandhi insulted Andhra Pradesh chief...

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