On Friday (15 August), the India Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, will make her first?
On Friday (15 August), the India Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, will make her first public speech since she imposed a state of internal emergency on 26 June.
Mrs. Gandhi will deliver her message to the nation from the ramparts of the moghul Red Fort in New Delhi ... the place where her father Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru proclaimed India's freedom from British rule 28 years ago.
Mrs. Gandhi's message will be carried to the people by radio and by satellite to television viewers throughout the country.
New Delhi police were out in force on Wednesday (13 August) for a full dress rehearsal for the celebrations. A massive crowd is expected to attend the Red Fort part of the celebrations and police have drawn up extensive plans for crowd control.
In a message on the eve of the independence celebrations, Mrs. Gandhi said her action in imposing India's first ever state of internal emergency was not the beginning of a crisis, but an effort to end a crisis.
She said the political crisis had been brewing since the ruling Congress Party split in 1969, but it had become more visible and had assumed a tangible form in the last two years.
SYNOPSIS: The ancient moghul Red Fort in New Delhi, where on Friday, Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi will face the people for the first time since she imposed a state of internal emergency in the country. She will be speaking on the twenty-eight anniversary of India's independence from Britain.
Strict security will be imposed for Mrs. Gandhi's public appearance. In a sense history will be repeating itself. Twenty eight years ago her father, Jawaharal Nehru, speaking from the Red Fort, declared India's independence. Now his daughter stands on the same steps to deliver her message amid similar political turmoil. Her message will be carried throughout India by radio and by television.
Bigger crowds than ever before are expected to attend the rally. Mrs. Gandhi will speak after the firing of an artillery salute.
With more than one million people expected to cram the city for the celebrations, police have been forced to implement strict crowd control measures. The current political situation in India and the chance to see Mrs. Gandhi speaking about it have brought about a mass infill?? into the capital.