Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said the Constitution was being amended to remove obstacles in the way of the nation’s socio-economic objectives and meet the developing needs of the people. Mrs Gandhi said there are bound to be lacunae in written constitutions as society and the economic conditions change. “The Constitution,” she said, “is sometimes misinterpreted, and as such it is necessary to bring about amendments.” Indian intelligentsia, she said, was still under the shadow of years of foreign dominance.
Probe Against Swamy
The Rajya Sabha adopted a government motion to appoint a 10-member special committee to investigate the conduct and activities of Jana Sangh MP, Subramanian Swamy, within and outside the country during the past one year and more. The special committee chaired by the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, will report whether the conduct and activities of Swamy were inconsistent with and seriously fall below the standards which the House is entitled to expect of its members. Home Minister Om Mehta said Swamy had described Indian Parliament as a “captive Parliament” in an interview to a Canadian paper. Mehta also said Swamy fled the country in January to evade the law. CPM MP Viswanatha Menon opposed the motion. He said, in a democratic country people had the right to speak.
Khandekar No More
V.S. Khandekar, renowned Marathi novelist and Jnanpith winner, passed away in Miraj, Maharashtra. The body was taken to Kolhapur and cremated on the banks of the Panchganga river in the presence of hundreds of people. Thousands of people, including a large number of women and school children, had lined up along the three-km route the funeral procession took despite heavy rain to have a last glimpse
of the 78-year-old writer best known for his novel, Yayati.