Students of New Delhi University observed a day's fast on Thursday (10 March) in protest against the continuing detention of political prisoners arrested in India under the state of emergency declared in June 1975.
Students of New Delhi University observed a day's fast on Thursday (10 March) in protest against the continuing detention of political prisoners arrested in India under the state of emergency declared in June 1975. A one day fast was also observed by many other sections of the community in New Delhi.
SYNOPSIS: As India's general elections (16 to 20 March) draw near, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and opposition party leaders continue their active campaigning throughout the country. The Janata opposition group organised the one day hunger strike in New Delhi. The Janata group is the opposition alliance of the major non-communist left-wing parties.
The fasting students at New Delhi University claim that there are 30,000 political prisoners in India detained under the state of emergency, imposed by Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, but when she released the Congress Party election manifesto last month, Mrs. Gandhi pledged absolute faith in democracy.
Commenting on this week's elections result in neighbouring Pakistan where Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto scored a sweeping victory, Mrs. Gandhi said it was now essential for India to have a strong and stable government capable of meeting external threats. Reuters News Agency in New Delhi reports that according to observers -- with India's elections only a few days away. Mrs. Gandhi needs a dramatic vote-catching issue. For her Congress Party is, in many assessments, trailing the opposition Janata Party in the five major North Indian states where the elections could be decided.