Gupte, formerly New York Times correspondent in New Delhi, toured India in the critical months following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. In this sharp and compelling snapshot of the changes in Indian society, he presents both the settled and tangled problems and the hopeful energy of the new and pragmatic generation of leaders who are attacking them. Most fascinating is the array of interviews and sketches of these young leaders, many of whom are Gupte's friendsnot only politicians, but also artists, film makers, journalists, and doctors. Of Indira Gandhi, a central topic of evaluation, Gupte muses that she ``may not have been good for the country, and she may even have been disastrous,'' but she was ``always splendid.'' Highly recommended. Charles W. Hayford, History Dept., Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.