October 10, 1976, Forty Years Ago: PM On Colonialism

The prime minister was inaugurating the Mahatma Gandhi Institute set up in Port Louis with India’s assistance.

By: Editorial | Published:October 10, 2016 12:15 am

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi cautioned the world that though colonialism is dead or dying, attitudes of mind from which it arose are not dead. The feelings of superiority, exploitation of others, desire for quick profit even at the cost of others still prevailed, she said. The prime minister was inaugurating the Mahatma Gandhi Institute set up in Port Louis with India’s assistance.

India For Africa

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi pledged India’s continued support to the people of Africa in their quest for freedom, dignity and full opportunity for development. She said India had always stood by the people of Africa and added: “We shall continue to do so and to give whatever support it is in our power to give.” at a banquet hosted in her honour by Mauritian prime minister, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam, Mrs Gandhi said the eyes of all freedom loving people were focussed on Zimbabwe and Namibia. The rights of Africans could no longer be blocked, she said.

Hua Succeeds Mao

Premier Hua Kuo-feng succeeded Mao Zedong as the chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, a top-ranking Chinese official said. Wall papers appeared on Peking streets proclaiming Hua’s appointment as chairman of the party’s central committee but there was no confirmation from any official spokesperson. Asked if the posters were true, a foreign ministry spokesman simply said he would “take note” of that question. An official statement named Hua as head of the communist party politburo in succession to Mao Zedong. The statement also disclosed that Hua would take overall charge of editing and publishing the works of Mao, who died exactly one month ago. China has vowed to follow Mao’s revolutionary line and as a keeper of Mao’s archives, Hua will be in an unchallengeable position to lay down party ideology.