NEW DELHI, India — The broadcast of a scheduled U.S. television documentary critical of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was canceled last week on instructions from members of the governing Congress Party, newspapers reported Tuesday.
"Rajiv's India," a film made by syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, was scheduled to be shown on state-run television last Friday. It was taken off the air shortly before broadcast "due to unforeseen circumstances," a government announcement said then.
But the influential Times of India and other newspapers reported that the film was canceled because members of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Congress party objected to criticism of his mother's policies.
The film accuses Mrs. Gandhi of authoritarian rule during India's 1975-77 emergency period. It also discussed problems of poverty, indentured laborers and burning of brides by dowry-greedy in-laws.