December 7: Forty Years Ago

Here is what happened on December 7, forty years ago.

Published:December 7, 2015 1:00 am

Indo-Bangla Talks

Talks between high-level delegations from India and Bangladesh began in New Delhi. Though details were not available, an MEA spokesman described them as “full and frank”. The talks were being held at the initiative of Bangladesh President A.M. Sayem who, after the attempt on the life of the Indian high commissioner in Dacca, wrote to Indira Gandhi that he intended to send a high-level delegation to Delhi to discuss relations. The Bangladesh team included Abdus Sattar, special assistant to the Bangladesh president, Foreign Secretary Tabrak Hossain and the Bangladesh high commissioner in Delhi, Shamsur Rahman. The Indian delegation included G. Parthasarathy, chairman of the policy planning committee of the MEA, Secretary to the PM P.N. Dhar and Foreign Secretary Kewal Singh.

Report Denied

US officials in Washington disputed a statement in a Washington Post report datelined Dhaka that said the Bangladesh government was “unabashedly anti-Indian”.

Constitution Change

Union Law Minister H.R. Gokhale announced a second look would certainly be given to the Constitution which, as a “beautiful document, is a splendid compromise.” He, however, ruled out the possibility of convening a new Constituent Assembly. Inaugurating a conference, Gokhale said the Constitution was an instrument of social change and it could not be used as an apologia for status quo.

Two-Child Norm

The Haryana government would soon make it illegal to have more than two children. Parents who violate the norm would be punishable under the proposed legislation, state Education Minister Maru Singh said.

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