At a public rally in Calcutta, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told her foreign critics not to interfere in India’s affairs. “As the prime minister I can say the more they try to suppress us or oppose us, the more strong and united we will be,” she said. “We don’t care for their criticism, whether it came from the Socialist International or any other organisation.” Gandhi said whenever “we had taken steps to make the country strong and united they opposed us”. Criticising “certain foreign powers”, she said they always run down India, belittle its achievements, whether the launch of Aryabhata or the Pokhran nuclear test. She said they got “an excuse to criticise us afresh” when the Emergency was proclaimed.
Doctors for army
Pakistan made it compulsory for all doctors to serve in the armed forces for two years, Radio Pakistan reported. Military training was already compulsory. Four years earlier, the Pakistan Defence Ministry had announced a national guard scheme comprising the “mujahid force”, the “zanbaz force”, the national cadet corps for students, and the women’s guard.
Fire Kills Horses
Forty eight horses were burnt to death in a fire in the stables at Bellasis Road, Bombay. Six other horses were injured. The cause of the fire was not known. The entire stable with 208 horses was ablaze but the fire brigade managed to save 154.
Union Health Minister Karan Singh announced that under the national programme for family planning all communities in the country would be covered — without any exception. The minister indicated that a new strategy, with a package of incentives and disincentives, to popularise family planning would be announced in Parliament very soon.