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February 29, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Barooah’s Wisdom

A look at The Indian Express front page, forty years ago.

By: Express News Service | February 28, 2016 11:58:30 pm

emergency, fidel castro, barooah, indian expressCongress President D.K. Barooah ruled out the possibility of convening a Constituent Assembly (CA) for effecting changes in the Constitution. Those demanding a CA did
not have the correct appreciation of the facts of Indian public life, he said in Calcutta. Parliament was a representative body of the people, more than even the CA that had framed the Constitution.

Dange On Emergency

CPI Chairman S.A. Dange told the 25th congress of the CPSU in Moscow that his party, which was in the forefront of the fight against right reaction and fascism, was supporting the progressive steps of the Indira Gandhi government. He said the CPI was fighting for uniting patriotic and democratic forces to safeguard the country’s independence and to take the nation forward to radical social and economic transformations. “The threat to our independence and the struggle against the external and internal forces of destabilisation have brought the ruling party, the Indian National Congress, and our party closer and this is a very significant positive development in our national life today,” he said. He added the rightist bid for power in India was foiled by the bold preemptive action that Indira Gandhi took by declaring the national Emergency.

Ford On Castro

President Gerald Ford, campaigning in Florida, warned Cuba against armed intervention in Latin America and called Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader, an “international outlaw” for sending troops to Angola. Ford said the US would take appropriate action if Cuba or any nation embarked on an armed adventure in the western hemisphere.

Nam News Agency

Yugoslavia’s information minister said in New Delhi that he was looking forward to the early establishment of a news agency of non-aligned countries.

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