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Forty Years Ago: Sanjay in Bihar

PM Indira Gandhi said the law must enable political institutions to be resilient and responsive to new situations.

Forty years ago on September 14
Forty years ago on September 14

PM Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi, accompanied by state chief minister Jagannath Mishra and Pradesh Congress chief Sitaram Kesri, made an aerial survey of the flood hit areas of Bihar.

Bending The Law

PM Indira Gandhi said the law must enable political institutions to be resilient and responsive to new situations. The Constitution aimed at the realisation of social and economic justice in a framework of liberty, she said. Meanwhile, her law minister, H R Gokhale, said it might be necessary in future to alter the Constitution for implementing policies. The minister said the aim was to bring judicial reforms in line with the policies of the party. The amendments, he said, should not be construed as a threat to the basic tenets of the Constitution, which were socialism, secularism and democracy.

CPI on CPM

CPI General Secretary C. Rajeswara Rao said the need of the hour was the unity of the Congress, the CPI and other Left and democratic parties and mass organisations for the expeditious implementation of the 21-point programme initiated by the PM. He said his party was in direct contact with CPM cadres and in indirect touch with that party’s hierarchy. No positive results could be achieved with the top level of CPM, he said.

Naga Talks

Union Home Minister Brahmananda Reddy said the insurgency in Nagaland and Mizoram would be over in the next few months. Emergency had ushered in normalcy in the region, he said. The Indian Express ran a report a couple of days earlier that said Assam and Nagaland Governor L.P. Singh told the PM and Reddy that the underground leaders could give up insurgency due to the security measures taken and the talks the Nagaland Peace Council had held with the rebel leaders.