August 23, 1976, Forty Years Ago: PM On NAM

Asked whether there were many contentious issues, Mrs Gandhi said: “Naturally. It is such an urge group and some differences, especially on bilateral issues, are bound to exist.”

By: Editorial | Published: August 23, 2016 12:07:26 am

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said that “we have successfully resisted efforts to weaken or disrupt our (non-aligned) movement” at the fifth summit conference. In an interview to Sri Lanka’s Sunday Observer, she spoke about the contribution made by the Colombo summit to NAM’s solidarity. Asked whether there were many contentious issues, Mrs Gandhi said: “Naturally. It is such an urge group and some differences, especially on bilateral issues, are bound to exist.”

Preamble Matters

The inscribing of the concept of integrity in the preamble of the Constitution had become vital so that no region should ever entertain any fissiparous or separatist idea, Swaran Singh, chairman of the AICC Constitution Amendment Committee, said. The preamble already contained the word “unity”. Though “unity” and “integrity” might lead to the same objective, the latter was somewhat different because “unity” could exist even among diverse elements and this alone was not enough in a country of the size of India, he said. Singh said the concept of secularism intended for inclusion in the preamble had to be understood in the Indian context. It meant equal respect for all religions and at the same time functioning independently of groups when it concerned political and state matters.

Tourism At Wagah

A big tourist complex at Wagah, on the Indo-Pakistan border, a chain of snack bars along the Grand Trunk Road and an open museum of the early man, are among the new attractions Punjab will offer to tourists. Punjab Minister for Tourism and Public Works said that Punjab was fast turning into a tourist paradise. A big network of tourist complexes and resorts was being set up. Construction of the Wagah complex has been started. A massive gateway will greet visitors entering India across the border at Wagah, he said.

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