Former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, has called on all sections of the Indian population?
Former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, has called on all sections of the Indian population to try solve their country's problems through peaceful, rather than violent, means. Mrs. Gandhi, who now leads a breakaway segment of the Congress Party, was speaking on Sunday (9 April) to the largest political crowd ever assembled in Patna, capital of Bihar State.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gandhi's supporters, in their accustomed manner, chanted loudly as they marched through streets to the meeting place. Bihar State has been the centre of reported atrocities against India's Harijan, or Untouchable, caste. At the end of March, an armed mob of 500 killed at least three people, burned huts and looted the Harijan village of Bishrampur. The outrage spurred fierce debate in India's Lower House of Parliament.
Mrs. Gandhi, who has drawn immense crowds on may of her speaking engagements since her return to active politics, was to find this one responsive to her message.
Mrs. Gandhi felt her call non-violence was pertinent in Bihar State, which has often been the seedbed for revolutionary movement in India. She accused the ruling Janata Party of harassing people who had supported her. She claimed that the Janta party of Bihar had brought false charges against Dr. Jagannath Mishrea, one of her supporters in the State.