December 28, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Anti-Freedom

The princes and the maharajas, who later became the stalwarts of the Swatantra Party, had played a leading part in crushing the freedom struggle.

By: Editorial | Published: December 28, 2016 12:03 am

The prime minister, Indira Gandhi, today called upon Congressmen to rely on their own strength, based upon the faith of the people, and beware of opposition parties, especially the Jana Sangh and the Swatantra Party. Mrs Gandhi was addressing Congressmen who had called at her residence to pledge their support to her policies. Referring to the Communist Party, she said that while it was true that they had supported the British during the Second World War, they had not gone against or repudiated the concept of independence and were not enemies of the country. But the princes and the maharajas, who later became the stalwarts of the Swatantra Party, had played a leading part in crushing the freedom struggle.

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