PM On Land Reforms
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi underlined the urgency of introducing land reforms in the country so that the disparities between the rich and the poor in rural areas could be removed. Either the government introduces land reforms and regulates the whole thing or people take the law into their own hands, she said. Gandhi said there was tremendous opposition to these measures and this had to be overcome and expressed dissatisfaction at the criticism of the pace of land reforms coming from a section of the opposition. The PM criticised the upper classes of society for their extreme reluctance to accept change.
The Lok Sabha passed the Prevention of Publication of Objectionable Matter Bill after the I&B minister, V.C. Shukla, assured the House that the provisions of the bill relating to objectionable matter were within the ambit of reasonable restrictions provided in Article 19(2) of the Constitution. The bill was voted on after the minister had accepted an amendment moved by CPI MP Indrajit Gupta.
Five miners were killed when the roof of the No 2 incline in the Bellampalli area of the Singareni collieries collapsed.
The Soviet Union gave credence to late Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai’s purported testament carried in the Japanese press calling for cooperation with the socialist world and avoidance of mistakes like the Cultural Revolution. The “death-bed letter” of the late premier, claimed to have been distributed to central committee members of the Chinese Communist Party by his widow, was published in Sankei Shimbun. It hadn’t been authenticated by Peking. But a Tass report was seen to signify Soviet acceptance of its credibility and, by implication, the thesis that Chou was a moderating influence and died disenchanted with anti-Sovietism.