October 13, 1981, forty years ago: anti-graft campaign

Five organizations, including Citizens for Democracy and Lok Sevak Eangh, founded by Jayaprakash Narayan, decided at a meeting in New Delhi to launch a nationwide campaign against corruption. It was in commemoration of Jayaprakash Narayan’s birthday on Sunday. The meeting passed a resolution, forcing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to remove AR Antulay from the poet of the chief minister of Maharashtra. Other organizations that also sponsored the anti-corruption movement were the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, the Delhi Voters’ Council and the Hindustan Andolan.

Visa problem

The government said it was not involved at this stage in the issue of China’s refusal to grant a visa to Arunachal Assembly Speaker TL Rajkumar. Rajkumar is a member of the delegation of Indian parliamentarians, which is due to leave for Beijing later this month to attend a conference on population control. Responding to questions, an official spokesperson said the government was aware, however, that the Chinese government had denied Rajkumar the visa. The delegation was invited to raise the issue with the United Nations which sponsored the conference. UN authorities were in contact with the Chinese government in this regard, the spokesperson said.

Purge in Egypt

Eighteen Egyptian officers with “fanatic religious leanings” were dismissed from the army following the assassination of Sadat by Muslim fundamentalists, official sources said. The sacking was the first measure reported by the government to purge the army of religious extremists. “Eighteen army officers have been assigned to civilian posts because of their fanatic religious leanings,” the statement released by official sources who would not be publicly identified said.