Socialist leader Madhu Limaye asked the Congress Young Turks, Chandra Shekhar and Mohan Dharia, to join the JP movement. He urged them to organise a “real rebellion in the party”.
US to Cambodia
A fresh crisis was brewing in Southeast Asia, with the United States announcing that it would send 1,000 marines to
Thailand to rescue an American merchant ship seized by Cambodia. However, Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj said his country could not be used as a base to launch attacks on Cambodia. The US reportedly had about 27,000 troops in Thailand. Meanwhile, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, a top US commander in Seoul had said that the country would launch a nuclear strike in the event of a war in Korea.
JP in Kerala
Jayaprakash Narayan said in Calicut that he was prepared for a dialogue with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on any issue except Bihar. “No talks are possible on Bihar without dissolving the assembly there,” he said. JP also attended an RSS training camp in the state, much to the chagrin of the local socialists. “They invited me and I went there. That’s all. If the Congress invites me I will go here also,” he said. He said that the RSS was undergoing changes rapidly and that it was now very different from five years ago.
Hills are alive
A project to “carry voice” over the Himalayas using “the double diffraction troposcatter” would be ready for commissioning soon, the government announced. “We will link Srinagar in Kashmir with Dushanbe in Soviet Union and Kabul in Afghanistan through the project,” Communications Minister Shankar Dayal Sharma said.