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Forty years ago, July 18, 1979: Morarji vs Jagjivan

July 18, 1979: The party is sharply divided over the question who should be its leader to stake claim for forming the new government.

June 11, 1979, Forty Years Ago: PM Morarji Desai in Tashkent

Prime Minister Morarji Desai arrived in Tashkent on the way to Moscow where he will have talks with Soviet leaders on a wide range of subjects important to both India and the Soviet Union.


Forty Years Ago: May 21, 1979

Speaking at the chief ministers’ conference in Delhi, Prime Minister Morarji Desai bowed to the states’ plea for a review of the existing rates of additional excise duties levied on textiles, tobacco and sugar in lieu of the sales tax as well as for a review of the grant-in-aid in lieu of the railway passenger tax.

Forty Years Ago: April 3, 1979

An all-party delegation including Union Home Minister H M Patel will call on Acharya Vinoba Bhave to persuade him not to go on fast demanding a total ban on cow slaughter throughout the country.

March 23, 1979, Forty Years Ago: JP Battles

Jayaprakash Narayan was put on dialysis amidst the unfortunate news of his supposed death.

Forty Years Ago: February 7, 1979

Prime Minister Morarji Desai and the External Affairs Minister A B Vajpayee declined to comment on the Pakistan Supreme Court verdict on Mr Bhutto. “It is their internal affair and I do not want to interfere,” Desai said.


December 22, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Toy pistols and a ball

The 13-hour high drama involving the skyjacking of the Delhi-bound Indian Airlines Boeing 737 ended on a comic note at 6:30 am at the Babatpur airport in Varanasi. The two young skyjackers handed over two toy pistols and a cricket ball wrapped in black cloth looking like a hand grenade to the district magistrate of […]

October 13, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Morarji’s Warning

“Let no one think that this government is weak,” Desai said to applause at a massive gathering of people at Ukai, near Surat. Desai accused Mrs Gandhi of adopting devious means to regain power but said all her attempts would end in frustration.

Forty Years Ago: October 28, 1977

India had cordial relations with all countries and the Soviet leaders understood this. Asked about the Soviet reaction to India’s improvement of relations with China, Morarji Desai said talks in this regard will have to take place between India and China.

November 6, 1977, Forty Years Ago; PM’s flight crashes

This may have been done deliberately so that the crew in the cockpit and the front part of the aircraft, would take the main impact of the crash. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar, brought Desai back to Delhi in another TU-124, Rajhans.