October 26, forty years ago: Indira’s Interviewhttps://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/october-26-forty-years-ago-indiras-interview/

October 26, forty years ago: Indira’s Interview

Gandhi said the danger posed by some opposition parties, which prompted the state of emergency, had not passed.

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Also, she would not think of handing over power to someone else till the Supreme Court gave its final verdict.

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said the Emergency had not added an iota to her personal power. In an interview to the Australian Broadcasting Commission, she said the federal concept of decision-making continued despite the Emergency and even the cabinet could not just nominate anybody to a particular post for this purpose. The questions mostly concerned the Emergency in India, herself and press censorship. Gandhi said the danger posed by some opposition parties, which prompted the state of emergency, had not passed. She said she was not concerned by the Allahabad High Court judgment and had not thought of stepping down. Also, she would not think of handing over power to someone else till the Supreme Court gave its final verdict.

Target Turkey

Many western embassies received a leaflet from a French organisation called the Commandos of Armenian Genocide, according to authoritative sources. The leaflet said: “By our action against the political representatives of Turkey, we remind all the great and small states of the world that the forgotten genocide of the Armenians remains unpunished.” It also said: “We act for justice’’. Two Turkish ambassadors to European countries were murdered in the past week. Ismail Erez, ambassador to France, and his chauffeur were shot dead in Paris on Friday, while Danis Tunaligil, ambassador to Austria, was gunned down in Vienna by three men on Wednesday. An anonymous caller had told an Austrian Press Agency after the murder of Erez that the Greek-Cypriot EOKA B movement was behind the murders.

Franco Dying

Generalissimo Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain for 36 years, prepared himself for death after his doctors said his heart was growing ever feebler. His regime prepared for his burial. The 82-year-old head of state had been ill for the past eight days.