September 14, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Indira’s Alarm

She spoke at length about the proposed constitutional amendments, pointing out that nothing was being done in a hurry and that there had been a nation-wide debate on the proposed changes.

By: Editorial | Published:September 14, 2016 12:15 am

Addressing a public meeting in Trivandrum, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi cautioned against disruptive elements which were trying to spread false rumours and wrong propaganda as soon as there was a “little slackening”. Mrs Gandhi said those, who had been released from detention, were speaking the same old language “as if nothing has changed in India, nothing has changed in the world”. They were quite ignorant — deliberate or otherwise, consciously or unconsciously — of the dangers the country faced and the pressures with which it was threatened. She spoke at length about the proposed constitutional amendments, pointing out that nothing was being done in a hurry and that there had been a nation-wide debate on the proposed changes.

Forgoing Property

Mrs Gandhi said it was said when a person entered politics or became an MLA or MP, the person started building houses. “But when I became an MP,” she said, “I gave away all my ancestral property, my family house etc. I did so not merely because my father wished it that way but because I and my sons wish the same.” She added, “Compared to many others I have had many more privileges. But my family, every generation of it, willingly gave up those privileges.”

US Veto On Vietnam

President Gerald Ford instructed the US delegation to veto a membership application by Vietnam, US Ambassador to the UN, William Scranton, said in Washington.

Soweto Protests

South African police fired shotguns and teargas shells at demonstrators in Soweto where thousands of black workers responded to a strike call. The strike was called by Soweto Students’ Representative Council in protest against the alleged killing of children by police, detention without trial and the stopping of wages of blacks who went on strike three weeks earlier.