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The drawing of all the power to the Centre has created deep, and sometimes violently expressed, resentments in the States; the replacement of Nehru's more idealistic vision by his descendants' politics of power-at-anycost has resulted in a sharp lowering of the standards of public life; and the creation, in Delhi, of a sort of royal court, a ruling elite of intimates of the Family, unelected and unanswerable to anyone but the Prime Minister, has further damaged the structure of Indian democracy.
Rajiv may not i>e enough of a sandman to keep the people asleep. We shall see. ' And yet, in Jawaharlal's own family, Msuch affinities of blood have indeed proved more durable than marriages. Those who have married Nehrus—Jawaharlal's Kamala, Indira's Feroze, Sanjay's Menaka—have rarely been happy spouses. The crucial relationships have been those between father and daughter (Jawaharlal and Indira) and Indira and Sanjay, that is, mother and son. This ingrown, closed-ranks atmosphere has been, I suggest, the rock upon which the appeal of the dynasty-as-myth has been built.
Last year, however, the case finally came to court, and the judgement seemed to favour the Hindus. Babri Masjid became the target of the extremist Hindu fundamentalist organization, 27 THE RIDDLE OF MIDNIGHT: INDIA, AUGUST 1 9 8 7 the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Since then, Hindus and Muslims all over North India have been clashing, and in every outbreak of communal violence the Babri Masjid affair is cited as a primary cause. f***. When I arrived in Delhi the old Walled City was under heavy curfew because of just such an outbreak of communal violence.