A sanitised copy of the report ‘India in the Mid-1980s: Goals and Challenges’ was released by the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which is similar to India’s Right to Information Act.
Union Health Minister Raj Narain ruled out the possibility of Indira Gandhi returning to power for another 30 years.
Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt demanded that the references, to the Emergency and the Bofors scandal, be removed from the history and political science textbook. Congress members said the government-approved textbooks should contain an account of history, not a political commentary.
K.H. Patil’s dismissal was caused by the chief minister’s resentment of the high command’s decision to appoint him the PCC chief despite Devraj Urs’s appeal to get the post filled through election.
Prime Minister Morarji Desai apologised in the Lok Sabha that the Leader of the Opposition, Y.B. Chavan, had not been given a seat in the front row at the swearing-in ceremony of the new president, Sanjiva Reddy. Desai made this gesture when a Congress member, Vayalar Ravi, raised the issue.
Pranabda is very good at keeping secrets. In fact, Indiraji used to say, “Whenever Pranabda is given any confidential information, it never comes out of his belly. What comes out is only the smoke from his pipe.”
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was sworn in as the sixth President of the Republic. In his acceptance speech, he said that he would provide “the harmonising touch that is required for healing the old wounds, promoting better understanding and removing the lingering fears and suspicions”.
Steeped in the need for economic development, the Emergency allowed Gandhi to carry out mass arrests of ministers and have complete control over what the media published. It also resulted in her son carrying out forced sterilisation drives in Delhi and slum clearance programs.
Dictatorial rule can only be imposed when a majoritarian government is in power; a majoritarian government was then in power with a strong energetic and popular prime minister as head of government prior to the days of the Emergency of June 1975. Alas, constitutional dignitaries and even some judges of the highest court failed us.
Indira Gandhi’s love for the outdoors set the tone of India’s environmental policies
However, it is “necessary to remind the real horrors of Emergency” to those who “may not be able to connect with the draconian period”.
Indira memorial lectures would be organised and documentaries on the life and contributions of the former prime minister would be screened during the events.
Jairam Ramesh insists his book ‘Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature’, a new “unconventional” biography is not an attempt at “reinterpreting” or “revising” her personality but to bring out a relatively unknown side of her
The operation resulted in the death of Bhindranwale and a high casualty figure among the army, civilians and militants. The assault on Golden Temple was heavily criticised by Sikhs worldwide and had led to several Sikhs resigning from administrative positions.
Bollywood biggies including Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore and Lata Mangeshkar are posing with former PM Indira Gandhi in this throwback picture.