The subversion of the Constitution continued with the government amending Misa through an ordinance, making it impossible for any person, including a foreigner, detained under the act to claim the right to personal liberty by virtue of natural or common law. The ordinance also gave more powers to the government to seize property of absconders.
Congress President D.K. Barooah set up a seven-member panel to suggest ways to involve the rank and file of the party in the implementation of the prime minister’s 20-point programme. The panel members were ministers Jagjivan Ram, Y.B. Chavan and Chandrajit Yadav, two chief ministers, Bansi Lal and Zail Singh, Intuc leader B.C. Bhagwati and Congress general secretary P.V. Narasimha Rao. The panel was to submit a report in a week’s time.
PM’s School Days
In a letter published in Hindi children’s magazine, Nandan, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi claimed she was twice punished by teachers during her school days. The first time was when she was eight and studying at a Swiss boarding school. The second was when she was at a convent school in Allahabad, where “everything Indian was discouraged”.
The final preparations were on for the Soyuz-Apollo link-up in space. The Soviet spacecraft shifted into position as cosmonauts completed repairs on the docking system. Photographs were relayed from the Soyuz to the Houston mission control centre for final clearance. The docking problem was discovered aboard Apollo and conveyed to Houston. Houston then instructed Soyuz on repairs, which were carried out by the three cosmonauts. A second spacecraft could join Soyuz 19 after the latter’s link-up with Apollo, it was reported.