The streets of New Delhi, the capital of India, are bustling with activity as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi tries to put the country "back on the rails" following the Government's declaration of a state of emergency one week age (26 June).
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Background: The streets of New Delhi, the capital of India, are bustling with activity as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi tries to put the country "back on the rails" following the Government's declaration of a state of emergency one week age (26 June).
Mrs Gandhi has said that the state of emergency, which suspends such traditional democratic institutions as habeus corpus and freedom of the press, is necessary to combat a conspiracy designed to "remove India from the socialist path it had chosen."
Since last week, Mrs Gandhi has also announced sweeping moves against smugglers, land speculators and tax evaders. Many smugglers, including some who have recently been acquitted, have been rounded up under emergency powers which permit arrests and detention without charges.
These powers have also been used to round up Mrs Gandhi's political opponents, including some members of her own Congress Party.
At the same time, Mrs Gandhi has announced broad social reforms designed to improve the lot of landless peasants and the urban poor. They include tax reductions, surplus land distribution, efforts to liquidate rural debts, and increased worker participation in industry.
The Government has also taken strong steps against hoarding food stuffs and prices in the local markets have already begun to drop as a result.
Except for some reported scuffles between demonstrators and police last week, there has been no sign of popular protest against the Government.
But the Indian Government is continuing its policy of strict news control, and editors should note that his film coverage has been censored by the Indian authorities.