Forty Years Ago: Crackdown In China

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi called on Central and state publicity agencies to work for strengthening the foundations of the nation.

By: Express News Service | Published: April 6, 2016 11:51 pm

fortymnChairman Mao Zedong’s regime cracked down on the participants of a violent pro-Chou demonstration. “Hundreds of persons” were arrested in a massive swoop by security forces according to reports from China. Peking was quiet a day after the anti-Mao riots, described as the worst outbreak of violence since the chaotic days of the cultural revolution. Small groups appeared in the Tienanmen Square, but without demonstrations. The mass arrests were backed up by a stern warning over Radio Peking. The radio warned the people against repetition of violence. It called for discipline to restore order and increase production. The broadcast also advised the “moderates” to desist from interfering with the “radical” campaign.
Indira And Publicity
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi called on Central and state publicity agencies to work for strengthening the foundations of the nation. Publicity was a nation-building activity. It must build people’s confidence, promote the forces of unity and national harmony and fight the forces of separatism, communal- ism, superstition and cynicism. She recalled that when some newspapers were helping opposition parties to spread wild stories, canards, denigrate government policies and belittle the achievements, official agencies did virtually nothing to counteract them.

Judges As Governors
Retired judges would not be barred from appointment as governors. The Administrative Reforms Commission had opposed such appointments on the ground that judicial independence should not be compromised. The government feels that the bar would amount to going beyond the scope of Article 157 which lays down qualifications for the appointment of governor. It further argued that there may be no particular advantage in “rigidly excluding” retired judges without taking into consideration the merit of the person concerned.

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