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September 18, Forty Years Ago: Ford on Emergency

US President Gerald Ford said what has happened in India was “a very sad development”.

Published: September 18, 2015 12:33:45 am

Ford on Emergency

US President Gerald Ford said what has happened in India was “a very sad development”. He hoped there would be a restoration of the democratic process as “we know them in the US”.

No retrospective law

If the legislative process is utilised by Parliament to secure a particular result in a particular manner, it is not law-making, Shanti Bhushan submitted before the Supreme Court, while questioning the validity of the 39th Amendment. He contended that if the amendment had only mentioned that future elections of prime ministers were not open to challenge, there would have been nothing to complain about. But a clause said the present PM’s election was valid and the judgment of the Allahabad HC was void.

Indira is popular

The Indian high commissioner in London, B.K. Nehru, said the Emergency had proved to be exceedingly popular and vastly improved Indira Gandhi’s popularity. It has restored “a sense of discipline in India” and “the citizen is relieved of the threat of continued disorder,” Nehru said.

Shukla on censorship

Information and Broadcasting Minister V.C. Shukla said that the media was being encouraged to implement self-censorship.

Turtle with wings

A giant six-winged aquatic animal, which apparently laid eggs and gave birth to two babies, was netted by some Bangladeshi fishermen off Khulna in the Bay of Bengal, a report said. The eight-metre-long animal weighing over 200 kg had four wings near the head and two near its tail. With two deep-set eyes and 34 saw-like teeth, its skin was thick, smooth and almost slippery. The turtle gave birth to two offspring immediately after being dragged ashore.

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