March 21, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Discipline Must

Discipline, Mrs Gandhi said, was not regimentation but the ability to look beyond the interest of one’s group to the larger interests of the country.

By: Express News Service | Updated: March 21, 2016 12:19 am
There was consensus among governors that the Centre should take another look at Article 226 of the Constitution to modify the writ admitting power of the high courts. There was consensus among governors that the Centre should take another look at Article 226 of the Constitution to modify the writ admitting power of the high courts.

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi called upon the governors to promote discipline and order in all walks of life so that the nation can make speedier progress. Addressing a session of the governors’ conference, Mrs Gandhi spoke about “the greatest harm done by the opposition parties”, who had sought to promote a sense of despair in the country. Unless the people were disciplined, there could not be any progress. Discipline, Mrs Gandhi said, was not regimentation but the ability to look beyond the interest of one’s group to the larger interests of the country. Unless people imbibed this spirit it would be impossible to make headway, she said. On the issue of constitutional reforms, Mrs Gandhi said she had not made up her mind. There was consensus among governors that the Centre should take another look at Article 226 of the Constitution to modify the writ admitting power of the high courts.

Sanjay Reads history

Youth Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi said that the opposition parties in the country were behaving in the manner the Britishers behaved a century ago. Addressing a massive public rally in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Gandhi said that the opposition had forced the situation to paralyse the industry and destroy public properties as the Britishers did when they first came to India. He said as the Britishers adopted a tactic of divide and rule, so the opposition parties did in their attempt to destroy the country.

Cambodia’s victors

The Cambodian head of state, Prince Nordom Sihanouk, scored a 100 per cent landslide victory in Cambodia’s first elections since the victorious Khmer Rouge took over the country on April 17, 1975, Phnom Penh Radio reported. In a broadcast monitored, the radio said Prince Sihanouk, won one of 250 seats for a new people’s national assembly. There were 515 candidates in the field, the radio said.

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