May 1, 1988 |
Indian President Ramaswami Venkataraman was blocked from entering the inner chamber of a Hindu temple because he and his guards were wearing shirts, it was reported Friday. The president and his bodyguards were visiting the Nataraja Temple in southern Tamil Nadu state last week when the incident occurred, the Statesman newspaper said.
July 14, 1987
Members of Parliament and India's 25 state legislatures voted for a new president following months of bitter public acrimony between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the outgoing president, Zail Singh. Vice President Ramaswami Venkataraman, Gandhi's Congress-I party nominee, is heavily favored to win, becoming India's eighth president in its 40-year history. Results are expected to be announced Thursday.
December 16, 1988 |
The Supreme Court today blocked the execution of a Sikh convicted of assassinating Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and ordered the president to reconsider the man's request for clemency. The order effectively prevented the execution of a second man convicted in the 1984 assassination, a defense attorney said. A five-judge panel said the constitution allows President Ramaswami Venkataraman to examine the case and decide whether a pardon is warranted.
November 30, 1988 |
President Ramaswami Venkataraman rejected last-minute appeals for mercy for two Sikh radicals convicted in the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and they will be hanged Friday, it was disclosed today. "All preparations have been made by the jail staff for their executions," a lawyer involved in the case told United Press International. "Their relatives have been informed and a hangman has been summoned from a neighboring state."
April 30, 1988 |
Indian President Ramaswami Venkataraman was blocked from entering the inner chamber of a Hindu temple because he and his guards were wearing shirts, it was reported Friday. The president and his bodyguards were visiting the Nataraja Temple in southern Tamil Nadu state on Thursday when the incident occurred, the Calcutta-based newspaper said. It said that although Venkataraman was willing to remove his shirt, as is customary at the shrine, he felt it would be "unbecoming" for his guards to do
February 22, 1991 |
India is threatened by secessionists, religious and caste violence, squabbling politicians, and an economic crisis made worse by the Gulf War, President Ramaswami Venkataraman said. In his opening address to the new session of Parliament in New Delhi, the president said: "You are meeting at a time of great stress and challenge." The chamber was half-empty due to a boycott by opposition parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Janata Dal and the two main Communist parties.