Gopal Godse, younger brother of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, demanded a ban on the controversial book Freedom at Midnight, which, according to him, was full of “damaging distortions”. Addressing a news conference, Godse said the distortions were misleading and damaging. Godse said he would sue the authors in the Bombay courts for “falsely” quoting him that he gave the “slanderous” information of Veer Savarkar having homosexual relations with Nathuram Godse. He challenged Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, the authors, to “produce any evidence, written or tape-recorded”, to substantiate their version. The authors’ claim was altogether “false” and their assertion “defamatory and lascivious”. He said that necessary steps were underway against the authors for “false, defamatory and libellous allegations”.
The US and the UK entered into a supplementary agreement for the conversion of the limited naval communication facilities at Diego Garcia into a support facility for the US navy, which meant a full-fledged naval base, External Affairs Minister Y.B. Chavan said in the Lok Sabha. In reply to an MP’s query if reports that the US was setting up a nuclear base on the island were correct, Chavan said “by implication what you say is true”. He added that the matter concerned all the littoral and hinterland states of the Indian Ocean as well as the international community. The government has been giving strong support to moves for making the Indian Ocean a zone of peace and eliminating its foreign bases.
Bangladesh dropped the precondition for talks on Farakka but has raised extraneous issues. Dacca raised issues like the allocation of the Ganga waters not only during the lean months (mid-March to mid-May) but throughout the year. This was seen as a negative development.