November 16, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Carter’s India Visit

The former Lt-Governor of Delhi, Kishan Chand, told the Shah Commission that he had ordered the requisitioning of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra during the Emergency on instructions from Indira Gandhi.

By: Editorial | Published: November 16, 2017 12:25 am
Indian Express Paper- Forty years ago

Plans are being made for President Jimmy Carter to visit India before the end of January — possibly on Republic Day. Efforts to reschedule visits to some of the countries the US President was to have visited in the course of his 11-day nine-nation tour began soon after he was obliged to cancel it in view of the mounting opposition in the US senate to his energy bill. Instead of going from one capital to another, Carter is expected to make separate tours of countries. India is said to be high on the priority list.

Shah Commission

The former Lt-Governor of Delhi, Kishan Chand, told the Shah Commission that he had ordered the requisitioning of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra during the Emergency on instructions from Indira Gandhi. He said hemet Mrs Gandhi several times around April/May 1975 and she had always said that anti-national activities were taking place at the kendra. Chand claimed that he had not kept any record of these conversations because he was convinced the charge of anti-national activities would not hold water and hence he did not want to willingly make a “false” entry on the record. He had thought Mrs Gandhi would forget about the requisition desire, but when she reminded him again and again he ordered his officers to go ahead and take over the building.

Police Reforms

A six-men National Police Commission was set up to examine all major issues of character pertaining to police administration. It has been asked to suggest measures which would not only enhance the functional efficiency of the police but “transform it into an instrument of public service”. Headed by a former civil servant and governor, Dharam Vira, the commission comprises a retired judge of the Madras high court, a sociologist, two former inspectors-general of police and the director of the CBI, who will be the whole-time member secretary.

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