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January 6, 1989 | Associated Press
Two Sikhs were hanged this morning for the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, whose death triggered a wave of separatist violence that continues to plague India. Kehar Singh, 54, and Satwant Singh, 30, were pronounced dead less than half an hour after they were taken from their tiny cells on death row and marched to the chilly, rain-soaked gallows at New Delhi's Tihar Central Jail.
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April 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won a three-man sprint down Boylston Street to win the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds. Not too shabby for a guy running in only his second marathon. Desisa and eight other men, all from Kenya or Ethiopia, broke away from the pack in the first half of the race. Three of them were left in contention when they came out of Kenmore Square with a mile to go, with Desisa besting Kenya's Micah Kogo by five seconds and Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia by six. American Jason Hartmann matched his 2012 finish by coming in fourth.
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NEWS
January 6, 1989 | Associated Press
India's Supreme Court rejected appeals Thursday by the two Sikhs condemned for the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and ordered that they be hanged today in the central prison's courtyard. Panels of five justices each turned down pleas by Satwant Singh, the only assassin who survived, and Kehar Singh, convicted of helping plot the murder. The condemned were ordered executed at the maximum-security Tihar Central Jail, where the last hanging was in 1984.
WORLD
May 14, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Opposition leader Sonia Gandhi and her allies delivered a surprising election defeat to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's ruling party Thursday, plunging India into political uncertainty that may threaten economic reforms and peace talks with Pakistan. Vajpayee resigned after his party lost about a quarter of its parliamentary seats.
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August 22, 1987 | Associated Press
The Rev. Jesse Jackson gave Rep. Patricia Schroeder, a potential Democratic presidential rival, some encouragement on Friday, citing India under Indira Gandhi and Israel under Golda Meir as proof that women can lead nations. "We cannot have any misgivings about a woman's ability to run for office and be President," said Jackson, who became the first black to campaign for the office when he ran in 1984.
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November 29, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Five years after bodyguard Beant Singh shot and killed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his wife, Bimal Kaur Khalsa, on Tuesday was declared a member of the Indian Parliament. The assassin's father, Sucha Singh, was also declared a winner in the parliamentary elections that ended Sunday. In perhaps the ultimate rebuke to four decades of dynastic rule, voters in the north Indian state of Punjab delivered equally huge parliamentary victories for the two men accused of masterminding the assassination.
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October 25, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The favorite childhood pastime of the scion of India's First Family was to summon the servants, clamber on top of a table and deliver a rousing speech. "One day, I saw her standing at the balustrade of the veranda with outstretched arms," her doting aunt wrote. "She said, 'I'm practicing being Joan of Arc. I have been reading about her, and someday I am going to lead my people to freedom just as she did.'
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April 26, 1992 | Clark Blaise, Blaise directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. and
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) is one of those rare political leaders about whom everything is documented yet very little is understood. As the daughter of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and granddaughter of pre-independence Congress Party president Motilal Nehru, she was born and raised in a fishbowl. The questions confronting a biographer are those of character and motivation, not raw fact.
NEWS
March 19, 1989
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said the government will release a secret report on his mother's assassination in order to stop "malicious innuendo" about what it contains. His mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated Oct. 31, 1984, by two Sikh bodyguards. Last week, the Indian Express newspaper said the report prepared by the Thakkar commission says R.K. Dhawan, Indira Gandhi's longtime aide, "consciously or unconsciously" facilitated the slaying.
NEWS
March 15, 1989
India's Parliament adjourned in an uproar after an hour of shouting and arguments over a newspaper report alleging that a powerful aide to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was a possible suspect in the 1984 assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi. The Indian Express quoted what it said were secret documents from a judicial panel saying that Indira Gandhi's longtime personal secretary, R. K. Dhawan, had suddenly changed her schedule Oct.
WORLD
May 14, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Sonia Gandhi, the woman who Thursday staged one of India's memorable electoral comebacks, is a reluctant politician with a distaste for the rough and tumble of politics. Gandhi is said to have threatened to divorce her husband, Rajiv, after he decided to enter politics to succeed his assassinated mother and former prime minister, Indira Gandhi. After Rajiv's assassination in 1991, Sonia Gandhi became a virtual recluse. She avoided Indian politics and tried to shield her two children from it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1998 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifteen years after she became the first American woman in space, Sally Ride now has a place in the history California teaches its schoolchildren. She's in pretty fair company, next to Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and Jackie Robinson in a second-grade unit on heroes past and present. But Indira Gandhi, the first woman to become prime minister of India and a pivotal figure in the development of the world's most populous democracy, failed to make the cut.
NEWS
August 10, 1997
'Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the great triumphs and achievements that await us.' Nehru was India's first premier, from its founding until his death in 1964. Some key dates: Aug. 15, 1947: India, a British territory, gains independence. Jan. 30, 1948: Independence leader Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi is assassinated by a Hindu fanatic.
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October 25, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The favorite childhood pastime of the scion of India's First Family was to summon the servants, clamber on top of a table and deliver a rousing speech. "One day, I saw her standing at the balustrade of the veranda with outstretched arms," her doting aunt wrote. "She said, 'I'm practicing being Joan of Arc. I have been reading about her, and someday I am going to lead my people to freedom just as she did.'
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April 26, 1992 | Clark Blaise, Blaise directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. and
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) is one of those rare political leaders about whom everything is documented yet very little is understood. As the daughter of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and granddaughter of pre-independence Congress Party president Motilal Nehru, she was born and raised in a fishbowl. The questions confronting a biographer are those of character and motivation, not raw fact.
NEWS
May 26, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just hours before the body of slain Indian leader Rajiv Gandhi was cremated, one of the oldest, gentlest members of his long-ruling Congress-I Party stood up at an emergency meeting of party elders to suggest, in the softest terms, that it might be time for them to change their ways.
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May 25, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Indian nation watched with the silence of emptiness at sunset Friday while the old Brahmin high priest led Rahul Gandhi around his father's body seven times near the banks of the Yamuna River, where Rajiv Gandhi's remains lay, head to the south, under a pyramid of sandalwood sticks. The priest held an urn of flammable clarified butter while the 20-year-old Rahul dipped one stick seven times.
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May 23, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shocked and terrified Indians all but deserted the streets of their capital on the first day of official mourning Wednesday as slain leader Rajiv Gandhi's Congress-I Party moved swiftly to cash in on a political windfall of sympathy by naming the former prime minister's widow to replace him as the party's president. But Italian-born Sonia Gandhi was strongly resisting the leadership post, according to sources close to the family.
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