In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Mrs.
GV ZOOM TO SV Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, seated on stool on garden lawn. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Photographers and artists at work. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Mrs. Gandhi walks in garden.
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Background: In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi posed on November 9 for pictures and portraits of celebrate her 66th birthday, which was to fall on November 19. Surrounded by a phalanx of photographers, she sat patiently for the twenty-minute session. Prime Minister since 1966, apart from a three year spell in opposition, Mrs. Gandhi has no visible rivals for her position as national leader or a leader of the Congress Party. Since she first came to power, Mrs. Gandhi has successfully managed to win the majority of support from a country of 700 million people, comprising huge social, economic and religious differences. Despite three years in opposition from 1977, she triumphantly returned to power in the 1980 landslide general election. Opposition parties, some led by former Congress party politicians, were largely divided and held power in only a handful of states like Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. With no apparent heir or successor, Mrs. Gandhi is expected to stand for office again in the 1985 general elections.