Chapter 3: Personal PoV's (Fall 1985: Part VII)
......"The grumblings had been escalating tensions inside the Indian military government for awhile according to political analysts, who had observed that Vaidya was leaving his successor a huge political catastrophe in regard to the human rights violations which the Military Junta of India had aggressively been pushing since taking power in a bloody military coup d'etat in the 12.06.84 Incident.

Kidnappings, disappearances, torture, mysterious deaths, violent methods that many inside the Junta's junior-ranking level officers justified as "Cleansing the Consciousness of India" by any means necessary.

Another issue was the kidnapping of babies from women, who were being tortured and illegally giving these babies to the families of childless military couples. This was quite bothersome to human rights organizations, who called out the Vadiya administration on incidents like this.

Several athletes, who blasted the Military Junta mysteriously disappeared during this time as well. Some of whom were arrested for "criticizing the government" and were never heard from ever again."
Excerpt from "Dictatorship in South Asia: Operation Condor comes to India"
Chapter 4: Skillfull Personal Diplomacy
Chapter 4: Pursuing Neighbourhood Diplomatic Efforts
Spring 1986

The vision of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi pursuing peace in South Asia was based on understanding that India's pursuit of development and nation-building can be successful in a peaceful neighborhood, especially in a region that had seen conflicts throughout the years.

Examples of an active and assertive foreign policy included Rajiv's decision of sending the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka; providing assistance to the Maldives government ending the coup d'etat over there. Such a strong and farsighted diplomacy led the world to recognizing India's pre-eminent position in South Asia and throughout the entire world.

Barely just six months after becoming Prime Minister, Gandhi and his wife, Sonia visited the United States in June 1985, where he had cordial relations with US President George HW Bush. Similarly, he also strengthened the warming relationship with the Soviet Union during his five years as Prime Minister and developing personal rapport with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Visioning the world free of nuclear weapons resulted in hosting the first summit meeting of the Six Nation Five Continent Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament in January 1985 within three months of taking office.
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Chapter 4: Secret Escapdes in the Palace

Yameesha's Backstory
10:00 PM IST, Monday, January 13, 1986
Somewhere inside Rashtrapati Bhavan
New Delhi, India

Indian First Lady Yameesha Alejo inside the private bathroom during her secret lesbian escapade.

The secretive and mysterious Yameesha Nadine Alejo made history as one of the youngest First Ladies in the history of the Republic of India at the age of 25 when her husband, Winston Gutierrez was inaugurated as the 9th President of India inside the Central Hall of Parliament House on the morning of 13 January 1986 succeeding the outgoing President General Arun Shridhar Vaidya, who was leaving office. Following the inauguration festivities and inaugural ball parties, the First Couple were driven back to Rashtrapati Bhavan (Residence of the Indian President), where they will be residing in the grand presidential palace.

Many historians and anthropologists alike have extensively studied her life in an effort of understanding the origins and impetus of Yameesha's Myth of Destiny as some supporters liked to call it; many of these detailed theories were quite plentiful diverse. One common thread of agreement uniting all of the different studies and analysis is the observation almost any particular discourse Yameesha Alejo includes her aggressive sexual appetite with lesbians (considering she was an open lesbian behind closed doors); sexual and female characteristics of her power as a Presidential Spouse, both within India and internationally.

Born out of wedlock to a young middle-class woman named Dahlila Vats and her lover, the Brazilian diplomat Leonardo Serrano, who raised an upper-class family with his wife in addition to the seven children he fathered with Vats. Yameesha's light-skinned features (she was multiracial of Indian and Brazilian descent) made it into a defining feature of her identity, profoundly shaping the way in which she was well-received by her community and thus the way in which she perceived herself. Eager to leave the quiet outskirts of Thoothkudi, Tamil Nadu, Yameesha saw an opportunity to begin a professional acting career of her own by boarding a train from Thoothkudi to New Delhi.

Detractors of course, strongly disputed how Yameesha pursued an acting career as an actress, instead prostituting herself to anyone who worked in the filming industry. One of the detractors, Navy Admiral Elpidio Tulzeme (who was one of the staunchest opponents of the Gutierrez administration), accused Yameesha of "changing her allegiance so easily as she slid from one costume to the next," while one of the biographers studying her life implied that Yameesha became an "aggressive loose woman, who sleeps around for radio or film parts, taking gifts and manipulating or blackmailing her admirers."

However it happened, some recognized that Yameesha wasn't without female company either, and these women were often in positions to helping her career in the filming industry. Closer look at historical evidence suggested that more likely Yameesha used her attractiveness and sexuality in helping her climbing the ladder of success to an even greater extent than any aspiring actress of that era might've done years earlier.

While her secret lesbian sexual lifestyle was blatantly open behind closed doors, Yameesha's notorious secret reputation was fairly more aggressively proactive by the time she met then-Indian Ambassador to Brazil, Air Force Lieutenant General Winston Gutierrez during a diplomatic courtesy call meeting in 1981. Many critics accused Yameesha of scheming to marry Winston as to appropriate his growing political influence and power (especially when Gutierrez ultimately became Vice President of India in the Fall of 1985, when Yameesha the Second Lady). It's very indisputable that Winston and Yameesha's relationship resembled political partnership just as much as it did their marriage, when they got married in 1984.

The astute observations: Gutierrez "was as necessary to her as she was to him; she couldn't get anywhere in the macho-dominated culture without the protection of a man." Meanwhile, Yameesha was instrumental in earning Gutierrez the adoration of the masses through her charisma and compelling ideology. Interestingly, Muddaraj asserted that having "so beautiful and vivacious a young woman utterly devoted, at least outwardly, to himself and his political career" was "flattering to Gutierrez's virility". This was evident when supporters began congregating outside the Summer Presidential Retreat and chanting their support of the First Couple. Lodhia abruptly concluded that their relationship was founded on shared mutual interest for power, not passion for one another: Winston lived his life while Yameesha lived her own life and they slept in separate bedrooms in the private quarters of the presidential palace during the time they lived there; they even split their time between Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi; Rashtrapati Nilayam in Hyderabad, Telangana and the Retreat Building in Chharabra, Shimla.
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Chapter 4: Headlines of the Week (Spring 1986: Part I)
*"Gutierrez inauguration expected to attract crowds"
New Delhi Express News: 13 January 1986

*"Despite Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi's accomplishments in office, the Military Junta of India still running the show."
United Press International: 14 January 1986

*"South Asia: Close-Up focus for the late 1980s"
Washington Post: 15 January 1986

*"Foreign Policy of incoming Indian President Winston Gutierrez will be even-keeled"
Associated Press: 15 January 1986

*"Empress Farah Pahlavi still popular among the Iranian people in spite of recent political and economic challenges"
BBC News: 16 January 1986

*"Philippines being watched as hotly-contested Snap election between Philippine President Imelda Marcos and Corazon Aquino comes to close."
NBC News: 17 January 1986

*"Robles planning scaled-back celebrations highlighting his 13 years as President of Mexico in office ahead of 02.21.73 Anniversary."
CBS News: 18 January 1986

*"1986 Midterms: Make it or Break It for President Bush's agenda"
ABC News: 19 January 1986

*"Republic of Korea poised to bring excitement for 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul"
Korea Herald: 20 January 1986

*"Who will succeed Edwin Washington Edwards as Governor of Louisiana in 1987?"
The Advocate: 21 January 1986
Chapter 4: Headlines in India (Spring 1986)
*February 1, 1986: The locks of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi and Barbi Masjid are opened, ending 37 years of being sealed and nudged by the government of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who assured the Faizabad District Court that opening the local structure wouldn't lead to any rioting.

*March 24, 1986: Contract was signed between the Government of India and the Swedish arms company Bofors in supplying of 410 155 mm Howitzer field guns.

*April 1, 1986: VSNL (Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited), the Indian telecommunications company is founded and becomes a government-owned telecommunications service provider under the ownership of the Indian Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and the Indian government.
Chapter 4: Personal PoV's (Spring 1986: I)
......"Indian Paramilitary policemen assisted by 300 National Security Guards commandos continued their battle against Sikh radicals by sweeping through the Golden Temple at Amritsar. According to an early morning broadcast by the government-owned All India Radio reported that one person was killed in Operation Black Thunder and two were wounded during a 12-hour sweep of the Golden Temple which ended at 5:00 AM. It wasn't clear how the casualties occurred."
-Excerpt from Operation Black Thunder: The Fallout and Aftermath (2011)
Chapter 4: Personal PoV's (Spring 1986: II)
......"the ideals of this proud and great nation, of the peaceful transition of power following chaotic turmoil in recent years, I can say right now that our constitutional system of government which has guided our way of life for 39 years since we gained independence, I nonetheless reflect on all of the circumstances and the countless obstacles that we've overcome as one India and one united front as one of the largest nations in South Asia. Having just taken the Oath of Office as your President, I have pondered in particular that 1986, the year that democracy has come to the Republic of India following a deadly coup d'etat, following assassinations, violent pogroms and other traumatic incidents. Though none of us today will live to see the continuation of democracy's continuing momentum in future centuries, I am confident that one hundred years from now, a free President will stand on the steps of the Legislative Building that houses the free Parliament, duly elected by and answerable to the people of the Republic, to continuing this nation's promise into future centuries.

......"and so I conclude this lengthy inaugural address, which is quite long (laughter from the crowd), with no words than making the humble request I am making to everyone in attendance and watching on television or listening on the radio, the Indian people, who hired me for the first time in a free open democratic election, I take this oath and seeing it fit to following through on the mandate over these five years which an overwhelming majority of Indians voted in one of the largest landslide victories in any presidential election. Whether or not I've earned your votes or support, and whether or not you find me in aligning with your values and beliefs, I ask for your prayers. In return, I am pledging to upholding the Constitution, doing what's right as God helps me seeing these rights, and doing the very utmost for this amazing and beautiful country. God help me, I will not let you down. Thank you all very much for listening and God Bless the Republic of India."
-Inaugural Address of Winston Gutierrez
9th President of the Republic of India
13 January 1986

......"Gutierrez's inaugural address had the blunt, straightforward talk and folksy style ever delivered by any previous Indian President. He also emphasized pursuing an open-minded approach to running the Republic."
-"The Gutierrez Era in India"

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