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September 5, Forty Years Ago: Bleak Future

Israel and Egypt signed a US-sponsored no-war accord in Geneva. However, both the Soviet Union and the US stayed away from the quick, grim ceremony.

By: Express News Service | Updated: September 5, 2015 12:39:29 am

The front page carried a photograph of a person displaced by the beautification drive in Delhi across four columns. The caption read: “One of the numerous rotiwallahs displaced by the clearance drive in the Chandni Chowk area. He now moves around with two baskets containing rotis and dal and carries his precarious business wherever he can undisturbed by the mobile squad. Dare he look forward to a future?”

Accord On Sinai
Israel and Egypt signed a US-sponsored no-war accord in Geneva. However, both the Soviet Union and the US stayed away from the quick, grim ceremony. The Soviet Union, although a co-chairman of the Geneva West Asia conference, boycotted the ceremony in anger at the plan to assign up to 200 Americans to monitoring stations in the Sinai peninsula. The Americans chose to abstain at the last minute after the Soviets made it clear that they would not be present. The US decision was seen as an attempt not to publicly rupture the US-Soviet cooperation that followed the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

People First
Continuing with his defence of the 39th amendment, Attorney General Niren De argued that this was not the first time that an election to a legislature had been validated by law. Nearly 6,000 elections to state assemblies and Parliament were validated by an amendment to the Representation of the People Act in 1956, he said. The fundamental concept of democracy is representation of the people through their elected representatives. The will of the people is the main question, he said. De argued that the question to be examined in connection with violation of election laws was whether it was deliberate. The main issue to look at was the will of the people in a particular constituency and how certain violations committed under particular circumstances would affect the election, he said.

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