Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi made her first public appearance on Wednesday (9 July) since the state of emergency was declared.
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Background: Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi made her first public appearance on Wednesday (9 July) since the state of emergency was declared. She took the opportunity to strongly defend her actions.
"We have not abandoned democracy," she told a meeting called by the Afro-Asian Friendship Society to mark the independence of Mozambique and the Cape Verde Islands.
The meeting was also to observe the 12th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Mrs Gandhi assured the audience that the people of Africa and elsewhere who were struggling against colonialism and imperialism, had India's continued support for their cause.
According to Reuter reports, the Prime Minister accused the Opposition of having derailed democracy in India. No Government could have watched the country's unity and integrity being challenged, she said.
On the same way, the Indian Parliament was called into session for one week from 21 July to approve the State of Emergency now in force throughout the country.
The emergency--declared on 26 June to guard against the grave threat of internal disturbances--requires approval by both houses within a period of two months.
Mrs Gandhi will be entitled to extend if for up to a year at a time for a maximum of three years once it has Parliament's stamp of approval.