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From the Archives (December 21, 1968): Legislation against subversive activities

The Home Minister, Mr. Y.B. Chavan, to-day [December 20, New Delhi] said in the Lok Sabha that subversive activities in some parts of the country had been causing concern to the Government, and that he was seriously considering the question of evolving some legislation to stop this “increasing trend.” Mr. Chavan, who was replying to the demand by all sections of the House, barring the Communists, for firm action against the “Naxalite elements”, said he was anxious to have a discussion with the leaders of various political parties before taking any legislative action. He favoured a cautious approach in the matter, and said he did not want to face Parliament with a Bill which might be opposed. Members belonging to the Congress, Jan Sangh, Swatantra and P.S.P. expressed concern over the widespread appearance of Mao’s posters and portraits depicting his thoughts in several cities, and urged that this should be dealt with promptly and effectively.

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