Forty Years Ago, August 21, 1979: Charan Govt Resigns

The Indian Express' front page on August 21, 1979

Uncertainty ahead

Despite an imminent US-Taliban ‘peace agreement’, no light is visible at the end of the long Afghan tunnel

Music of the soul

Composer Khayyam’s oeuvre is a rare combination of originality and versatility

Spending limits

Centre needs to re-evaluate its expenditure priorities. States should have the autonomy to decide on theirs

Forty Years Ago: August 20, 1979

The resignations of the Janata ministers were handed over to the chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, by the state Janata president, Yagya Dutt Sharma this afternoon.

This isn’t cricket

The relentless jeering of Steve Smith showed a mirror to the dark underside of the game

A new playbook

Defence Minister’s remarks on no-first-use signal to Pak, China, that old rules constraining India in Kashmir don’t hold

Wrong calls

Phone tapping controversy in Karnataka reveals absence of checks and balances in state’s political and police systems

Forty Years Ago: August 19, 1979

The newspaper’s special correspondent in Islamabad has said that there is a growing view among diplomats in the Pakistan capital that the country’s nuclear capability is the direct result of close co-operation over many years with China.

A game of chance

Monsoon’s increasing unpredictability calls for greater efficiency in rainwater storage and use.

World and Valley

On J&K, it may be a long diplomatic haul ahead for India at the United Nations.

Forty Years Ago: August 17 1979

Janata leader Nanaji Deshmukh has told the prime minister that by raising certain questions and highlighting the inconsistencies in his (Charan Singh’s) views about Morarji Desai, H N Bahuguna, Indira Gandhi and on other matters, he was only doing “national duty”.