ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Congress- Request to All the Members of Community

alibi of this nature is indefensible on all counts. While on the subject it may be relevant to refer to an interview which the Director of Family Planning in Maharashtra gave to a correspondent of the New York Times a few months ago. The Emergency was then riding high. This particular civil servant, a known enthusiast for compulsory sterilisation, was asked whether he was; aware that the prime minister did not exactly approve of the policy of compulsory sterilisation. The official was reported to have retorted: "She may not approve, but her son does". It would be stretching credibility to suggest that neither the prime minister nor her immediate advisers had been unaware of this statement. On the contrary, the inference would be that the prime minister and her entourage were not averse to (a) the exercise of such extra-constitutional authority and (b) the enforcement of compulsory measures for family planning.

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