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July 7, 1976, Forty Years Ago: More Than Polls

“Democracy is not just a matter of elections,” Mrs Gandhi said.

By: Editorial | Updated: July 7, 2016 12:00:36 am
forty years ago, indira gandhi, elections-sovient union, libyan arab airlines, skyjacked, immigration policy, british immigartion policy, indian express news A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on July 7, 1976, Forty Years Ago.

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said while elections are important, democracy should be something which reaches out to all the people so that they understand what is happening, participate in development programmes and mould the future . “Democracy is not just a matter of elections,” Mrs Gandhi said in an interview to a Japanese television. “India has its own personality and wants to guard it very carefully and with determination,” she said.

Soyuz In Space

The Soviet Union launched two men into space, Tass said. The assumption was they will board the Salyut 5 space laboratory orbited on June 22. Commander Boris Volynov and flight engineer Vitaly Zholobov were rocketed into space aboard a Soyuz 21 spacecraft. Moscow Radio said the two men would “conduct joint experiments” with Salyut 5.

Another Skyjack

A Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing skyjacked on an internal flight landed in Palma, Majorca, the Spanish National News Agency, Cifra, reported, adding that a Tunisian skyjacker was believed to have been arrested. The pilot radioed the airport that he was landing to refuel. When the flight landed, the airport’s military commander boarded the craft and the skyjacker surrendered.. All 86 passengers on board the flight, which was hijacked over the Mediterranean, were safe.

Immigration Bill

The House of Commons debated the controversial immigration policy of the British government but without much satisfaction to those who want the influx of Asians to be drastically cut. Home Secretary Jenkins, in a bid to calm down the opposition, said the government would set up a three-member parliamentary group to investigate whether there should be a register of immigrants’ dependents, who might want to come to Britain.

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