Sweeping economic measures introduced by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi are beginning to bring some relief.
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Background: Sweeping economic measures introduced by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi are beginning to bring some relief.
Since declaring a state of emergency one week ago (26 June) Mrs. Gandhi's government has moved swiftly against land speculators, smugglers, tax evaders and hoarders. The actions are seen as in line with promises made by Mrs. Gandhi and her Congress Party Government when the state of emergency was declared.
Since the new economic moves were announced, many shops have begun to display price-tags on items for sale, and some food prices are reported to have been reduced.
In her first interview since the declaration of the state of emergency, Mrs. Gandhi told the Independent Times of India on Friday (4 July) that India was not a police state nor a one-party state. She said India remained one of the most relaxed states in the world.
She said that she did not like the press censorship imposed with the state of emergency, but alleged that some journals had shed their objectivity and aligned themselves with the opposition in trying to spread doom and defeatism.
The Prime Minister also denied that the use of emergency powers to arrest some members of her own Party indicated that the Party was severely split. She said there were only five troublemakers, and that two had been arrested.