Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi on Saturday (23 October) urged her people to stay?
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SEQ. 2: MRS. GANDHI: "Tomorrow morning I leave on a tour of some foreign countries. I want to tell you that however far I might be, my thoughts will be with you here in India. One cannot leave with a light heart at such a moment. Our country is facing danger. Yet after much I thought decided to undertake the journey. The invitations were of long standing and it seemed important in the present situation to meet leaders of other countries for an exchange of views and to put to them the reality of our situation.
The defence of our national interest, as indeed the solution of any problem, rests ultimately in our own hands. But the very gravity of the situation demands that we do not speak or act in anger or in haste. It is a time for alertness -- not only of our defence forces but of all our people."
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Background: Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi on Saturday (23 October) urged her people to stay united and alert in the face of what she called dangers from Pakistan.
She made the stirring call in a nationwide broadcast in which she said the gravity of the Indo-Pakistan situation demanded that India avoid speaking or acting in anger of haste.