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Forty Years Ago, November 13, 1980: NIC on Assam

The consensus at the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) was that the Assam talks should be resumed at the earliest and that the venue should not be made an issue. The meeting, inaugurated by the Prime Minister, continued till late in the evening with many speakers expressing diametrically opposite views on important issues […]

By: Express News Service | November 13, 2020 12:52:20 am
The Indian Express, November 13, 1980, forty years ago.

The consensus at the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) was that the Assam talks should be resumed at the earliest and that the venue should not be made an issue. The meeting, inaugurated by the Prime Minister, continued till late in the evening with many speakers expressing diametrically opposite views on important issues like presidential form of government, re-writing of history and, of course, communalism and communal organisations. However, the trend of the speeches was set by the Prime Minister who made an ardent appeal for the involvement of everyone in the task of bringing about national integration which, she said, was not a mere phrase but “an awareness of the burden and task that history has placed on our shoulders”. The NIC decided to set up a standing committee to keep a “constant watch” on the activities of communal and other divisive forces posing a threat to the country’s unity.

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