India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Ghandi, opened "Asia 72"... the International trade fair, at New?
GV PAN Exhibition site
SV Flags of participant countries
CU Mrs Ghandi speaks
GV Balloons released
SV Mrs Ghandi walks down from platform
LV Italian pavilion
GV Australian and Korean Pavilions
GV West German pavilion
GV East German pavilion
GV Soviet pavilion
GV PAN Heavy industrial machinery on show
GV EXTERIOR Hungarian pavilion
"Asia 72 is the most ambitious exhibition so far undertaken by my country. We are indeed grateful for the support we have received from nearly 50 countries in Asia and other parts of the world. Participants who are accustomed to the speed and precision of advanced society might feel impatient; we have tried to overcome our limitations."
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A transcript of Mrs Ghandi's speech follows:
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Background: India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Ghandi, opened "Asia 72"... the International trade fair, at New Delhi, on Friday (3 November).
Forty-seven nations, and 18 international firms, have stands at the exhibition. Observers say the fails is one of the most colourful events held in India since independence; and aptly enough, the event make the 25th anniversary of the country's independence.
In her opening speech, Mrs Ghandi cautioned rich nations that the developing countries could no longer remain helpless onlookers. She said the poor nations will make a determined effort to change the existing trade pattern, and added that the effluent nations will have to change their attitude. Mrs Ghandi urged the nations of the region to sink their difference so that they could achieve economic development and live with honour. Describing the fair as the most ambitious project undertaken by India, Mrs Ghandi admitted that some participants might feel impatient ... an apparent reference to the fact that some stands weren't ready for the opening ... but she said the Indian workers had tried to overcome their limitations.