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March 11, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Baroda Case

Manubhai Shah of the Congress alleged in the Rajya Sabha that four Janata Front workers were arrested in Baroda in connection with the dispatch of seven parcels of detonators, each containing 100 detonators.

By: Express News Service |
March 11, 2016 12:53:07 am
Indian Express A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on March 11, 1976, Forty Years Ago

Manubhai Shah of the Congress alleged in the Rajya Sabha that four Janata Front workers were arrested in Baroda in connection with the dispatch of seven parcels of detonators, each containing 100 detonators. These parcels were meant for Varanasi for sabotage purposes. He said the prime minister was to visit Varanasi on March 13. Shah alleged that two of the arrested men were “prominent people in the party”.

Charan Stays Away

Bharatiya Lok Dal Chairman Charan Singh dropped out of the Rajya Sabha contest. It was reported that he would file the nomination papers from UP, but Singh backed off at the last moment.

Mao Intervenes

Chairman Mao Zedong intervened personally in the campaign against Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping by writing the title of a page-one editorial in The People’s Daily. The headline of the article read: “The reversal of the verdicts (of the Cultural Revolution) cannot win the people over”. This new “thought” of Mao constitutes a personal condemnation of Deng by the Chinese Communist Party leader. Deng, who was regarded as the almost-certain successor to Chou Enlai was being accused of trying to “reverse the verdicts”, which meant he was trying to return, in the name of efficiency, to certain practices that existed before the Cultural Revolution.

US Aid

A US State Department document showed India’s military expenditure as 3.04 per cent of the GNP against Pakistan’s 6.68 per cent. The document projected development aid by the US to India in 1976 at $ 67 million and in 1977 at $ 62 million. The Public Law 480 assistance is estimated at over $20.6 million in 1976 and $1.35 million in 1977. There would be an additional $20.7 million for the transition quarter when the US changes its fiscal year from July to October.

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