President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed told the nation that the gains of the Emergency have to be preserved as a voluntarily chosen way of life. “It is only by general acceptance of certain norms of conduct that the new era of self-imposed discipline can dawn,” he said in his customary Independence Day eve broadcast over All India Radio. He said that the gains of the Emergency, in terms of discipline and work in all spheres, especially in education and industry, had been “generally recognised and widely welcomed”. The achievements of the last one year in particular had given “faith and confidence in the potential of our economy and the strength of our people”. The president said, “Our experience down the ages has shown that collective action on agreed programmes for common benefit tend to bring people together, while polemical discussions tend to .” The Emergency had not been proclaimed to gain more power than provided by the Constitution nor to switch over from one system to another. It had been proclaimed “to bring about such economic, social and political changes as have become relevant and necessary in the interests of the people of India,” he declared.
CPI meets Vinoba
Top leaders of the CPI, including its chairman, S. A. Dange, had a one-and-half hour talk with Acharya Vinoba Bhave at Paunar near Wardha. Dange was accompanied by the party’s general secretary, C. Rajeswara Rao, Bhupesh Gupta, MP, and A.B. Bardhan, former MLA from Nagpur. Bardhan told Samachar that banning cow slaughter was among “a number of important issues” they had discussed with the acharya.
At least 170 passengers were feared to have died when a boat carrying them on the Kosi sank off Moorona village in Madhubani district in Bihar, according to official reports.