Indian PM Shastri lived longer?

Lal Bahadur Shastri served as prime minister of India from Jawaharlal Nehru's death in 1964 until his own unexpected death in 1966. What if he served as prime minister until, say, 1971? What would India look like with Indira Gandhi's tenure being averted or delayed? Who would succeed Shastri, and would there still be an Emergency in 1975?

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He was a conservative but economically liberal man and had little faith in socialism.

The victory in the 1965 Indo Pak war gave him significant political firepower. He was slowly purging Indira Gandhi supporters and Indira Gandhi herself was destined to be shifted out of Indian politics by making her the ambassador to UK where her children lived.

Morarji Desai being his old rival would slowly have his stature eroded but as he was weak from the beginning be wouldn't be purged and so the split in the INC dosen't occur and many leaders who supported Desai during the 1969 split in the Congress would be loyal to him.

He supported the liberalisation of the Indian Economy in 1966 when India was facing issues nearly similar to those in 1991 when India liberalized it's economy. He also ended the concept of centralized five year plans in India after the failure of the third five year plan which is now remembered as planning holidays.

As the Indian right was sceptical of the Soviet Union, more so after the peace agreement in Tashkent relating to the Indo-Pak war of 1965 where the Soviets played absolutely neutral and forced India to give up all the captured territory. The Soviets also attempted an arms deal with Pakistan after US placed an arms embargo both India and Pakistan in 1965. India reacted harshly and told Kosygin, who was planning to visit both India and Pakistan that he shouldn't bother coming to India if he was visiting Pakistan, i.e. by socialist Indira Gandhi. The Pakistanis even found out that in relation to Vietnam they were more in line with USSR on their views rather than the USA. It was during the Ayub Khan era.

Indira made attempts to turn to the USA as late as 1969 when the Nixon Administration which was was firmly pro Pakistan and openly hostile to India made attempts to follow the US more difficult politically and led to India signing the treaty of Peace Friendship and Cooperation with the USSR in 1971.

ITTL I belive the attempt to ally with USA would be more success and Pakistan being likewise rebuffed by USA would turn to the USSR.
 
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He was a conservative but liberal man and had little faith in socialism.

The victory in the 1965 Indo Pak war gave him significant political firepower. He was slowly purging Indira Gandhi supporters and Indira Gandhi herself was destined to be shifted out of Indian politics by making her the ambassador to UK where her children lived.

Morarji Desai being his old rival would slowly have his stature eroded but as he was weak from the beginning be wouldn't be purged and so the split in the INC dosen't occur and many leaders who supported Desai during the 1969 split in the Congress would be loyal to him.

He supported the liberalisation of the Indian Economy in 1966 when India was facing issues nearly similar to those in 1991 when India liberalized it's economy. He also ended the concept of centralized five year plans in India after the failure of the third five year plan which is now remembered as planning holidays.

As the Indian right was sceptical of the Soviet Union, more so after the peace agreement in Tashkent relating to the Indo-Pak war of 1965 where the Soviets played absolutely neutral and forced India to give up all the captured territory. The Soviets also attempted an arms deal with Pakistan after US placed an arms embargo both India and Pakistan in 1965. India reacted harshly and told Kosygin, who was planning to visit both India and Pakistan that he shouldn't bother coming to India if he was visiting Pakistan, i.e. by socialist Indira Gandhi. The Pakistanis even found out that in relation to Vietnam they were more in line with USSR on their views rather than the USA. It was during the Ayub Khan era.

Indira made attempts to turn to the USA as late as 1969 when the Nixon Administration which was was firmly pro Pakistan and openly hostile to India made attempts to follow the US more difficult politically and led to India signing the treaty of Peace Friendship and Cooperation with the USSR in 1971.

ITTL I belive the attempt to ally with USA would be more success and Pakistan being likewise rebuffed by USA would turn to the USSR.
So the Licence Raj could end decades earlier? Nice.
 
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So the Licence Raj could end decades earlier? Nice.
Actually license raj was a thing of the mid 60s and 70s, the early days of our experiment with socialism during Nehru was ambiguous at best he just didn't make any commitment and just made policy by expediency. It's his daughter Indira who took it to the extreme from indiscriminate nationalization and regulations to extraordinary tax rates which she herself reversed in the 80s. Anyway without her in the picture we could see strong economic growth in the 80s and accelerated growth in the 90s.
 
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