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On Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, PM Modi says must stay united to move forward

“If 125 crore Indians with the mantra of unity, peace and harmony walk one step together shoulder to shoulder, then the country will move 125 crore steps in one go,” said PM Modi.

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Forty Years Ago: Bombs In US

Armed leftists broke into a building housing the Indian embassy in Beirut.


October 26, forty years ago: Indira’s Interview

Gandhi said the danger posed by some opposition parties, which prompted the state of emergency, had not passed.

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Forty Years Ago: Change Afoot

Seventeen people were killed in a cyclone that lashed the Saurashtra coast.

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US had warned Zia of Indian strike on Pakistan n-sites

Reagan administration’s fears were based on a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analysis about an Indian reaction to Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

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October 16, Forty Years Ago: Pravda On Peking

While denying the allegation that the Soviets intended to launch “a surprise attack” against China, the Pravda said Maoists needed the idea to cover up their “great power designs in respect of national minorities.

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Bihar in Bharat: When state was in the grip of caste violence

In Belchhi near Patna, 14 Dalit labourers were killed in 1977 and Indira Gandhi reached the site riding an elephant and braving floodwaters. That trip marked the beginning of her political comeback after the post-Emergency defeat.

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Indira, Rajiv stamps discontinued: Personal vendetta has reached zenith, Congress to Modi Govt

An RTI query by The Indian Express revealed that two stamps featuring Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, launched by the Department of Posts in December 2008, have been discontinued.

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I believe the Emergency is a passing phase but the era of permissive politics and national degeneration is over and we will never allow that phase to be repeated again, President Fakhruddin Ali said.

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Forty Years Ago: Protestors Arrested

As many as 14 presses used to print the objectionable material were confiscated by state governments.

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Indira Gandhi considered military strike on Pakistan’s nuclear sites: CIA document

Such a consideration by the then Indian Prime Minister was being made when the US was in an advanced stage of providing its fighter jets F-16 to Pakistan.

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August 22, Forty Years Ago: Mars Ahoy

A look at the front page of Indian Express on August 22, published forty years ago.

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After 12-year wait, Cong finally unveils statues of Indira, Rajiv Gandhi

The event was to mark the 71st birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi on Thursday. These are the only statues of Indira and Rajiv in the city.

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August 14, Forty Years Ago: Ban The BBC

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said there was no plan to impose single-party rule in India.


August 3, Forty Years Ago: Thanks, Tito

Justifying the imposition of the Emergency, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in an interview to Yugoslav journalists, said that “the opportunistic and cynical policies of the opposition parties” had to be “frustrated” to protect democracy, socialism, secularism and non-alignment, the four pillars of India’s state policy. In this context, she said, the support offered to her […]