D. K. Barooah

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D. K. Barooah
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President of the Indian National Congress
In office
Preceded byShankar Dayal Sharma
Succeeded byIndira Gandhi
Personal details
Born(1914-02-22)22 February 1914
Died28 January 1996(1996-01-28) (aged 81)
Political partyIndian National Congress

Dev Kant Barooah (22 February 1914 – 28 January 1996) was an Indian politician from Assam, who served as the President of the Indian National Congress during the Emergency (1975–77).


He is now chiefly remembered for his sycophancy to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, encapsulated by his c. 1974 proclamation that "India is Indira. Indira is India."[1] However, he later parted ways with her and joined Congress (Urs), later renamed as Indian Congress (Socialist). He was the Governor of Bihar from 1 February 1971 to 4 February 1973. He died in New Delhi.

Barua was a noted poet as well. His collection of Assamese poems, Sagar Dekhisa (সাগৰ দেখিছা), is still very popular. He was the elder brother of famous Assamese poet Nabakanta Barua.


  1. ^ Ram Guha, India After Gandhi, p. 467

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Shankar Dayal Sharma
President of the Indian National Congress
Succeeded by
Indira Gandhi