Indira Gandhi made her first major speech of the election campaign in Chikmagalur, not only defending herself in familiar terms against the charge of Emergency excesses but also attacking the Janata Party government. Addressing a modest gathering for nearly 75 minutes, Mrs Gandhi joined issue with the Centre on its China policy, gold sale, and socio-economic policies. While on the whole, she managed to raise the level of her speech above the usual rigmarole of an election rally, what was significant was her obligue claim in the end that the basic issue in the Chikmagalur election was not only what would be India’s position in the next few years but also what would be the position of other developing countries which were fighting for similar values.
India is seeking assurance from the British government that the supply and manufacture of Jaguar aircraft will not be affected if London ever imposes an embargo on the sale of arms to New Delhi. A defence ministry team may visit London if the correspondence on the subject does not elicit a satisfactory reply. Not that the Indian government has any doubts on this matter because the Jaguar deal is an outright purchase. But the government wants to be sure since the supply and the manufacture of the Jaguar is going to be spread over three to four years. The assurance of the British is also considered necessary because the Jaguar manufacturers, British Aerospace, have guaranteed the supply of roughly two squadrons and the manufacture of another three squadrons at Hindustan Aeronautics.
Deng in Japan
The Chinese Vice-Premier, Deng Xiaoping, arrived in Tokyo on his first official visit to Japan. Deng is to witness the exchange of ratification instruments for the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty signed in August.