October 23, 1977, Forty Years Ago: PM in Moscow

Soviet chief Leonid Brezhnev was understood to have made it clear that the change of regime in Peking had not changed Moscow’s suspicions.

By: Editorial | Published: October 23, 2017 12:00 am
Soviet chief Leonid Brezhnev was understood to have made it clear that the change of regime in Peking had not changed Moscow’s suspicions.

Before leaving for the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Prime Minister Morarji Desai had reason to be confident that India could continue to depend on Soviet assistance without departing from the attitudes and policies his government has adopted. China is the only issue on which the Soviets showed sensitivity. Soviet chief Leonid Brezhnev was understood to have made it clear that the change of regime in Peking had not changed Moscow’s suspicions.

Battle In Congress
The battle for Congress presidentship moved towards the last round as the anti-requisitionists met in Delhi at the house of Siddhartha Shankar Ray, former West Bengal CM, to discuss the latest developments. Earlier, a group of anti-requisitionists met separately to take stock of the situation. Those who were present at the group meeting included R.K. Mishra, D. N. Dwivedi, Seyid Muhammad and Sant Bux Singh.

Zia for Commonwealth
Pakistan’s military ruler, Zia-ul Haq, is thinking aloud whether he should bring his country back to the Commonwealth. Some 10 days ago, when Agha Hilaly visited London as head of a three-man delegation, he met some top British Foreign Office officials. During the conversation he informally enquired from them about British reaction if Pakistan rejoined the Commonwealth. The officials were quoted as telling him that while Britain would certainly welcome Pakistan back to the “ family”, the reaction of other Commonwealth members would also have to be sought.

Strike Postponed
The International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations has postponed the worldwide 48-hour work stoppage it had planned for next week. The stoppage — a protest against the killing of a Lufthansa pilot by
skyjackers.

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