Forty Years Ago

Forty Years Ago News

Forty Years Ago, July 17, 1979: Charan stakes claim

According to a Secular Janata leader, the talks were of exploratory nature and further meetings were expected before the coalition move concretised.

July 11, 1979, Forty years ago: Lok Sabha members resign

A little before midnight the ruling party’s strength in the Lok Sabha had come down to 274 in a House with an effective strength of 538.


July 10, 1979, Forty Years Ago: Govt On Backfoot

July 10, 1979, Forty Years Ago: As many as 10 Lok Sabha members walked out of the ruling Janata Party to sit on the Opposition benches with Raj Narain, the Indian Express reported.

July 9, 1979, Forty Years Ago: Laldenga arrested

July 9, 1979, Forty Years Ago: The Mizo National Front President, Laldenga, was arrested from his South Delhi residence and remanded to police custody for three days, The Indian Express reported.

July 8, 1979, Forty Years Ago

Socialists meeting Former Socialist Party members, now in the Janata Party, want to form a “lobby” within the Janata Party in order to mobilise opinion and build up pressure groups for the speedy implementation of the Janata Party policies. They would like to link up such an effort with other “like-minded” elements in the party. […]

July 6, 1979, Forty Years Ago

Aligargh tense The Uttar Pradesh government declared Aligarh a disturbed area and empowered the local administration to impose punitive fines in the localities where incidents of violence are reported. These two measures were announced by Chief Minister Banarasi Das after prolonged discussions with his Cabinet colleagues who had gone to Aligarh to study the situation. […]


July 5, 1979, Forty Years Ago

The convention of Congressmen convened by Devaraj Urs scored a striking success in fusing the hearts of all Congressmen opposed to Indira Gandhi and paved the way for an early session of the pre-1978 split session of the AICC.

July 4, 1979, Forty Years Ago

MNF attack IGP The underground Mizo National Front activists, in response to the rebel leader Laldenga’s call to revive the insurgency and drive out all non-Mizos, last night made an abortive attempt on the life of the Inspector General of Police, Ved Marwah, and the deputy inspector-general of police, R S Chopra, in the heart […]

Forty Years Ago, July 3, 1979: Mizoram violence

Troops have been alerted all over the disturbed Union Territory of Mizoram and massive combing operations launched to pick up rebel Mizos who carried out a daring three-pronged attack on the CRP guard posted at a new AIR transmitting station on the outskirts of Aizawl and a police picket in an area close to Raj […]

Forty Years Ago, July 2, 1979: Yamuna as sewer

The Yamuna is fated to be an open sewer sooner or later. And this catastrophe may befall us in 30 years’ time, according to environmental engineers who have been watching the fast-changing water quality profile of the river.