October 26, 1977, Forty Years Ago

The final round of discussions between the Indian and Soviet delegations followed by Morarji Desai’s televised address to the Soviet people confirmed expectations that his visit has not only served to maintain close relations between the two countries, but actually strengthened them.

By: Editorials | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2017 12:00:05 am
 Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Soviet union, Subramanian Swamy, I.G. Patel, indian express October 26, 1977, Forty Years Ago

PM’s Soviet Visit

The final round of discussions between the Indian and Soviet delegations followed by Morarji Desai’s televised address to the Soviet people confirmed expectations that his visit has not only served to maintain close relations between the two countries, but actually strengthened them. The point Desai stressed was the change in government in New Delhi “makes no difference to the steady course of understanding and cooperation between our two countries”. He had discovered during his visit — his first major foreign initiative as PM — that not only was “our friendship firm and secure, but we could with confidence, look ahead to improve our relations”.

Indira vs Reddy

Even as the requisition seeking the removal of Brahmananda Reddy from the Congress presidentship was handed over by a group of Indira Gandhi supporters to Kamlapati Tripathi, the latter made it known that fresh unity efforts would be made to prevent a split in the party. Tripathi, a known admirer of Mrs Gandhi, told reporters that the requisitionists had allowed him to make unity efforts. The forwarding of the requisition to the Congress president would be only the last effort.

New RBI Governor

I.G. Patel was appointed the governor of the Reserve Bank of India for five years with effect from December 1. A former secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs and Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, Patel is currently deputy administrator of UNDP in New York.

Swamy’s Threat

Subramanian Swamy said two of the 12 Union ministers who were habitual drinkers, had told him that they had given up drinking since his recent statement on the subject. The remaining 10 ministers had promised they would also give up drinking by the end of October in view of his threat that he would otherwise reveal their names publicly.

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