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LaRouche On The Record:
A New, Just, International Economic Order

September 2014

Lyndon LaRouche has provided the intellectual leadership for over four decades in the fight for a new international economic order.

For over four decades, American physical economist Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. has provided the intellectual and political leadership in the fight for a new international economic order for the planet, for the purpose of ending the historic imperial control of monetarism and unleashing mankind's creative powers as a species. We have divided this lengthy history into four section, by decade, and we include links from the both text and the graphics to the original documents, for you to study.

EIR Magazine’s abridged printable version
can be found

1975-1984      1985-1994

1995-2004      2005-2014

The profound impact of LaRouche's intellectual leadership is clearly reflected in the current actions being taken by the BRICS nations and others to create a new global financial architecture and strategic alliance among nations, with the recent establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) and related developments.

A partial timeline of LaRouche's role in leading the fight for a new international economic order is chronicled below:

1975: LaRouche Calls For Establishment of International Development Bank (IDB)

At a series of press conferences in April of 1975 in Bonn, Germany and in Milan, Italy, LaRouche presents his plan for "the immediate establishment of an International Development Bank as an agreement among the three principal world sectors-the industrialized capitalist sector, the so-called developing sector, and socialist countries." He specifies that the immediate concentration of the investment thus made possible should be industrial development and expanded food production worldwide.

Policy document published by Lyndon H. LaRouche in 1975 detailing his proposal for creating an International Development Bank.

LaRouche predicted that the present, or then-existing, international monetary system of the I.M.F., would inevitably go bankrupt, and should be replaced by a different credit-creating institution, namely, an International Development Bank (I.D.B.), to facilitate long-term, low-interest credit for capital investment and capital-goods transfer from the industrialized sector to the so-called developing sector, in order to overcome the underdevelopment of Africa, Latin America, and large parts of Asia.

LaRouche issued a policy document for international circulation titled "IDB: How The International Development Bank Will Work" [PDF] in which he declared that two immediate, interconnected actions were imperative:

(1) The declaration of a commitment to sweeping financial reorganization of the world monetary system, involving an orderly process of debt moratoria and the establishment of an institution such are the proposed International Development Bank (IDB)

(2) Immediate commitment to enact, within each national sector of the capitalist world, these measures of emergency financial-reorganization legislation required to facilitate immediate economic recovery in conjunction with IDB efforts.

The History of the Fight for the New World Economic Order by Fred Wills (PDF)

1976: Non-Aligned Movement Summit Calls for New International Economic Order

Within months, eighty-five nations, representing 2 billion people, met in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the Fifth Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement and issued a unanimous declaration [PDF] calling for a new international economic order on August 19, 1976, identical in many regards to LaRouche's proposals spelled out in his policy document from the preceding year.

Leaders of 85 nations representing 2 billion people meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the 5th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.
The Fifth Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement nations in Sri Lanka declares the creation of a new international economic order and calls for a debt moratorium.

The declaration endorsed both the establishment of a new international monetary and financial system to replace the International Monetary Fund and provide capital for Third World development through the creation of a Bank of the Developing Countries, as well as a debt moratorium for the least developed countries whose outstanding debts at the time made economic development for those nations impossible. The heads of state of the Non-Aligned nations declared that this summit represented: "...a new step for the establishment of the new world economic order, and in particular, the essential element of such a new order, a new monetary and financial system."

In her keynote address to the summit, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike endorsed the establishment of a development bank for the Third World: "The developing countries are consistently denied the true value of their output by the vagaries of the international market and the manipulations of international finance. The developed countries have shaped the international financial system to suit their interests. Should we in the developing world sustain such a system? Should we not, instead attempt to develop a system all our own? ... One area of great promise, would be the establishment of a commercial bank - a Bank for the Third World - the bank of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This would not be another non-aligned solidarity fund. It would be a genuine commercial bank and a truly multinational enterprise."

Frederick Wills Calls for International Development Bank at United Nations

Immediately following the Colombo Summit, the Foreign Minister of Guyana, Frederick Wills, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on September 27, 1976, and called for the establishment of a new international economic order through the creation of an international development bank and a debt moratorium for the developing world. Wills declared that "there can be no meaningful economic advance without the implementation of the New International Economic Order."

Frederick Wills, foreign minister of Guyana, calls for an international development bank and debt moratorium at the United Nations in September 1976.

Wills asserted:

"The IMF and the Bretton Woods monetary system must give way to alternative structures like international development banks... The crippling problem of debt and the servicing of debt has assumed a special urgency. Developing countries cannot afford to depart from their basic and fundamental demand made in Colombo earlier this year calling for measures of cancellation, rescheduling, and the declaration of moratoria. We cannot afford to mortgage the future of unborn generations to the obligations of burdensome capital repayments and crushing debt servicing. The time has come for a debt moratorium."

LaRouche Declares: The United States Must Integrate Itself Into The I.D.B.

LaRouche celebrated the victory at Colombo, stating that the United States will have to integrate into the IDB.

In his capacity as a presidential candidate for the U.S. Labor Party in the 1976 Presidential elections, Lyndon LaRouche celebrated the historic decisions made by the Non-Aligned Movement at the Colombo Summit saying: "We have succeeded in mobilizing 85 countries and 2 billion people around our program. That is what I have worked for all my life. Our small organization has accomplished what many termed impossible. We must use our victory at Colombo to organize the American working class behind our program. They want to do something but the average person lacks the sense of how to fight. Colombo changes this prescription. Colombo has shown these forces what can be done on a world scale with a cadre of a handful of people... The United States will have to integrate itself into the International Development Bank (IDB)."

1977: LaRouche Situates India's Role in New International Economic Order

EIR publishes 'The Struggle for Indian Freedom' defining India's leadership role in the Non-Aligned Movement as crucial to securing the New Economic Order.

In a two-part special report called "The Struggle For Indian Freedom: A New Program" [Part 1, Part 2], LaRouche states that India can lead the Non-Aligned Movement in declaring a debt moratorium as a "strategic weapon," as well as establishing the International Development Bank to promote world economic development: "The first contribution India must make in this battle is to lead the developing countries, in convert with leading Third World nations, in a declaration of moratoria on the payment of all debt to the bankrupt monetarist institutions of the IMF-World Bank and their aid consortia. The freezing of unpayable debts to the monetarists is not only morally imperative but is the strategic weapon we must wield to open the way to the establishment of a new monetary system. As the 1975 programmatic document, The International Development Bank, proposed, the central task of a New World Economic Order is to facilitate the greatest possible flow of technologies and industrial process from the advanced sector into the developing sector."

1978: Indira Gandhi Delivers Exclusive Interview To EIR Magazine

Indira Gandhi delivers an exclusive interview with Executive Intelligence Review on development of India

The year before her stunning comeback victory as Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi delivers the first of several exclusive interviews to LaRouche's Executive Intelligence Review magazine. In the interview, conducted at her home in New Delhi, Gandhi strongly defends a return to the non-aligned foreign policy of her father Jawaharlal Nehru, and insists that only a policy of aggressive government support for investment in science and technology can save India from crushing poverty: "...Science and technology, this is essential to fight poverty. It is ridiculous to say that you can solve rural problems without science and without industry; you simply can't. In our scheme of things, there is no conflict between agriculture and industry; they complement one another."

After her victory in the 1980 elections, Indira Gandhi delivers a second interview to EIR magazine.

In another interview with EIR immediately after her victory in the 1980 elections, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi elaborates on her development policy: "India is a developing country, and development has been rather uneven. It is obvious that where there is industry it is much easier for that area to grow and for people to get more jobs. We have a program for developing backward areas and we have made progress in it... We have to encourage investment to increase production, we have to build up the distribution system for essential commodities... We have to take up again the special programs for the poorest and weaker sections of the population."

1979: LaRouche Defines Program For The Industrialization of Africa

The Fusion Energy Foundation held an international conference on the industrialization of Africa as part of the New Economic Order

The Fusion Energy Foundation, an international association of scientists founded by Lyndon LaRouche, held an international conference in Paris titled "The Industrialization of Africa" on the subject of a New International Economic Order as the indispensable precondition for the development of the African continent. The proceedings of the conference were published in a book [PDF] whose preface declared: "The purpose of this present book is to make the ideas a conceptions accessible to a broader leadership and, thereby, to make it an active element in the present conflict over the New World Economic Order... The purpose is to demonstrate, in concrete form, a perspective for the development of the entirety of Africa as an alternative to Malthusian polices... to launch the industrialization of Africa in the context of the New World Economic Order in the 1980s."

The first section in 'The Industrialization of Africa' featured a policy paper by LaRouche on the Hamiltonian principles behind the International Development Bank.

Lyndon LaRouche authored a paper for the conference titled The Myth About Equilibrium Economics which contains a section called "The Hamiltonian New World Economic Order" in which he elaborates the Hamiltonian principles underlying his original IDB proposal. This document is a follow-up to a report LaRouche authored the previous year titled The Theory of the European Monetary Fund, in which he stated: "The success of the United States has been based on the same essential 'dirigist' policy outlined in the IDB proposal. This policy was articulated in Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton's 1791 Report on Manufactures... The crucial feature of Hamilton's Report on Manufactures is his proof that the sole source of wealth of nations is technological, capital-intensive advances in the productive powers of labor."

1980: LaRouche Drafts Forty-Year Plan to Industrialize India

A forty-year plan to industrialize India was released by Executive Intelligence Review in 1980 in conjunction with a parallel international conference.

Lyndon LaRouche releases a program to transform India into an industrial superpower at a conference sponsored by Executive Intelligence Review and the Fusion Energy Foundation. Greetings to the conference were sent by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who said: "Since 1947 India has made considerable progress in science and technology. The world now recognizes the versatility and capability of our industries. Our aim is to make our country self-reliant... It is appropriate to assess our progress now and to look into the future. My good wishes to the conference on India's industrial development being held by the European Fusion Foundation and the Executive Intelligence Review."

1982: LaRouche Meets With Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in New Delhi, India

In 1982, LaRouche traveled to India to meet with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and other government leaders.

In April, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche travel to India where they meet with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for the first time, along with several members of parliament, leading scientists, industrialists and economists. While in New Delhi, LaRouche addresses the Indian Council of World Affairs, as well as the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, and the Jawaharlal Nehru University School of International Studies. LaRouche then traveled to Bombay to tour the Bhabha Atomic Research Center. LaRouche's speech to the Indian Council on World Affairs is titled "A New Approach to North-South Relations" in which he states that the program adopted at the Non-Aligned summit in Colombo must be the basic model for achieving a new world economic order, and declares: "I propose that the developing nations, and the spokesmen of them, make a unilateral statement to this effect: that there will be international cooperation on East-West/North-South development interrelatedly; that conditions of political stability and peace be premised upon the mutual self-interests of the parties in promoting economic development."

LaRouche Meets With President of Mexico López Portillo in Mexico City

Lyndon and Helga Zepp-LaRouche travel to Mexico in May 1982 to meet with President López Portillo.

Immediately after returning from his meeting with Indira Gandhi in India, Lyndon LaRouche traveled to Mexico City to meet with President of Mexico López Portillo on May 27, 1982. At a press conference at the presidential palace Los Pinos following the meeting, LaRouche proposed that the nations of Ibero-America unite to deploy a "debt bomb" against the City of London to force a restructuring of the world economic system as the means to ushering in the New International Economic Order. Multiple leading Latin American newspapers published stories on May 28 covering LaRouche's proposal.

LaRouche Issues "Operation Juárez" Proposal for Nations of South America

Lyndon LaRouche's 'Operation Juárez' program for the nations South America, drafted at the request of the President of Mexico, José López Portillo.

Immediately following his meeting with Mexican President José López Portillo, LaRouche issues a major policy document titled "Operation Juárez" [PDF] in which he develops on his original proposal for an International Development Bank in the context of the debt crisis facing South America. LaRouche proposes that the nations of Ibero-America to use their collective strategic leverage as debtor-nations to unite in a common bloc and unilaterally declare a restructuring of their debts and the establishment of a new monetary order. The formation of an international development bank among these nations, would serve "as a coordinating agency for planning investments and trade-expansion among the member-republics," LaRouche says. "This bank will soon become one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world." he declares. "If a sufficient portion of the Ibero-American nations enter into such an agreement, the result is the assembly of one of the most powerful economies in the world from an array of individually weak powers... The Ibero-American continent could rapidly emerge as a leading economic power of the world, an economic super-power."

President López Portillo Demands New International Economic Order at UN

President López Portillo of Mexico addresses the United Nations, saying that failure to create a New International Economic Order could result in a New Dark Age.

In August of 1982, President Lopez Portillo acts on LaRouche's proposals as contained in Operation Juárez by adopting credit controls on Mexico's currency, nationalizing the Mexican banking system, and announcing a debt moratorium on Mexican debt. On October 1, he addresses the United Nations General Assembly, where he declares: "The most constant concern and activity of Mexico in the international arena, is the transition to a New Economic Order... It is imperative that the New International Economic Order establish a link between refinancing the development of countries that suffer capital flight, and the capital that has fled... Let us not continue in this vicious circle: it could be the beginning of a new medieval Dark Age, without the possibility of a Renaissance....We cannot fail. There is cause to be alarmist. Not only the heritage of civilization is at stake, but also the very survival of our children, of future generations and of the human species."

LaRouche in Rome: 'The Theory of the New World Economic Order'

Lyndon LaRouche delivers a speech titled 'The Theory of the New World Economic Order' at a conference in Rome, Italy.

Lyndon LaRouche delivers a speech on October 20 in Rome titled 'The Theory of the New World Economic Order' [PDF] in which he says "I shall summarize the scientific basis for the establishment of a New World Economic Order." LaRouche stated: "My chief personal role in the effort to establish a just new world economic order has been to apply my special skills as an economist to design policy-structures of economic and monetary policies." LaRouche elaborates the scientific theory behind his Operation Juárez proposal, specifiying "potential relative population density" as the necessary measure for the performance of economies, and states: "We define economic science as a study of the manner in which the use of technological progress maintains and increases this potential relative population density."

1983: Helga LaRouche in Paris: New World Economic Order to Stop New World War

Helga Zepp-LaRouche: 'The battle for the New World Economic Order is nothing less than the fight for the survival of the human race.'

On the eve of the 7th Non-Aligned Movement summit in New Delhi, India, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche address an international audience in Paris to signal support for the creation of the New World Economic Order from within the industrialized world. The conference is attended by Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister of Guyana, as well as diplomats, scientists, and political leaders from over fifty countries. Helga LaRouche tells the conference, "The gigantic struggle which marks the battle for the New World Economic Order is nothing less than the fight for the survival of the human race, and a fight for the principle of the inviolability of human dignity and the rights of all peoples on this planet." Helga LaRouche elaborates the strategy detailed in LaRouche's Operation Juárez, stating: "There is only one way the poor and the weak can force the world to reason: the developing countries should form a debtors' cartel, to force through a controlled reorganization of the world economic system, and the New World Economic Order... In the next few weeks, at the summit of Non-Aligned nations, or shortly afterward, a group of developing nations must drop the debt bomb. On a certain day, Day X, these countries must announce together their incapacity to pay their debts, and, appealing to the self-interest of the industrialized nations, propose a controlled, global, reorganization of debts, and the creation of a New World Economic Order, as Lyndon LaRouche has suggested in the document 'Operation Juárez.'"

Indira Gandhi Hosts Non-Aligned: "New Economic Order or Nuclear War"

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi keynoted the 1983 Non-Aligned Summit in New Delhi, India: 'The eyes of the world are upon us.'

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi hosts the 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi, India, where she warns, "Humankind is balancing on the brink of the collapse of the world economic system and annihilation through nuclear war" and calls for the convening of "an international conference on money and finance for development." She specifies that such a conference "should suggest comprehensive reforms of the international monetary system [to] facilitate the mobilization of developmental finance for investment in vital areas of food, energy and industrial development." Prime Minister Gandhi also called for "a major debt restructuring exercise," stating that the "debt problem of developing countries has assumed an unprecedented dimension." She appealed to the 100 heads of state present to seize the "marvelous opportunity" before them, saying: "The eyes of the world are upon us. Let us decide here to usher in a New International Economic Order, to call for an International Conference on Money and Finance for Development."

The New Delhi Appeal, adopted at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in 1983, calls for a new international economic order 'based on the dignity and equality of man.'

The 'New Delhi Appeal' which was adopted by the 100 world leaders present, representing almost half of humanity, echoed Indira Gandhi's warnings of "the threat of a worldwide nuclear catastrophe" as well as her demands for an international conference on finance for development: "A thorough-going restructuring of the existing international economic order through a process of global negotiations is necessary. Non-aligned countries are committed to strive for the establishment of the New International Economic Order based on justice and equality. We propose the immediate convening of an international conference on money and finance for development, with universal participation, and a comprehensive restructuring of the international monetary and financial system."

Lyndon LaRouche's call for debtor-nations to unite and unilaterally declare a restructuring of their debts, as specified in his "Operation Juárez," pervaded the debate at the summit, and was raised notably by the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, who called for the establishment of "a common organization of debtor countries" to conduct "joint efforts and actions that would induce the creditors to seriously consider the necessity of a new international economic order." Ultimately, the Economic Declaration of the summit stated: "It is essential to secure a cancellation of the external debt owed to developed countries by the least developed countries."

Ronald Reagan Announces the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)

Ronald Reagan announces the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) to render the threat of nuclear war 'impotent and obsolete.'

On March 23, 1983, only days after the summit in New Delhi, President Ronald Reagan shocked the world by announcing the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), calling on the scientific community to "turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace; to give us the means of rendering nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete." This historic announcement was the result of years of back-channel negotiations which Lyndon LaRouche conducted personally on behalf and at the behest of leading members of Reagan's presidential team.

See video: "A Brief History of Lyndon LaRouche's Strategic Defense Initiative", on the LaRouchePAC website.

LaRouche began calling for economic and scientific collaboration with the Soviet Union in the mid-1970's to develop new physical principles for space-based missile defense systems as a driver for global development.

LaRouche had proposed beginning in 1977, in a pamphlet titled "Sputnik of the Seventies" [PDF] that an international crash program to develop a space-based missile defense system based on new physical principles would provide the economic driver to fuel global development. The pamphlet proposed "long-range economic and scientific collaboration with the Soviet Union among other nations, which will eliminate the danger of world obliteration" and emphasized the "tremendous revolutionary industrial implications available to this nation and the world if the political will of the United States forces a recommitment to technological progress in the form of an International Development Bank (IDB) and its national concomitant, the Third National Bank."

On March 24, LaRouche greeted Reagan's announcement saying: "There is, at last, hope that the thermonuclear nightmare will be ended during the remainder of this decade... The words the President spoke last night can never be put back into the bottle. Most of the world will soon know, and will never forget that policy announcement. With those words, the President has changed the course of modern history. Today I am prouder to be an American than I have been since the first manned landing on the Moon. For the first time in 20 years, a President of the United States has contributed a public action of great leadership, to give a new basis for hope to humanity's future to an agonized and demoralized world. True greatness in an American President touched President Ronald Reagan last night; it is a moment of greatness never to be forgotten."

LaRouche Meets With Indira Gandhi in India for Second Time

Lyndon and Helga LaRouche travel to India in July 1983 to meet with Indira Gandhi for a second time.

On July 13, as part of a tour of several nations in Asia, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche have their second meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Ten days later, Indira Gandhi inaugurates a new heavy water nuclear reactor at Kalpakkam, saying: "Our science, particularly nuclear science, is dedicated to development, the achievement of freedom from want, and the provision of essentials and an honorable life for the masses. We are to make the deserts bloom."

EIR Special Report 'A 50-Year Development Policy for the Indian-Pacific Oceans Basin' published in parallel with a series of conferences in Asia.

In the weeks following, LaRouche issues a special report titled "A 50-Year Development Policy for the Indian-Pacific Oceans Basin" [PDF] proposing three projects for the development of the Pacific region: 1) a canal through the Kra isthmus of Thailand, 2) a new sea-level canal across the Panamanian isthmus, and 3) the expansion and improvement of the Suez Canal. LaRouche specifies that the preconditions for developing the Pacific basin are the "required reforms of the international monetary system specified in Operation Juárez" which would create "a new international economic order not inconsistent with the monetary and economic policies of the American System. The paradigm for a republican monetary order is the statement of policies set forth in U.S. Treasury Secretary Hamilton's famous Reports to the Congress, on credit, a national bank, and manufactures."

Lyndon LaRouche Addresses Conference in Bangkok on Kra Canal

Lyndon LaRouche speaks at a conference in Bangkok, Thailand on the Kra Canal jointly sponsored by EIR, the Fusion Energy Foundation, and the Thai government.

Lyndon LaRouche travels to Thailand in October 1983 to address the first of several conferences in Bangkok on building the Kra Canal, jointly sponsored by EIR, the Fusion Energy Foundation, and the Thai Ministry of Communications. This conference is followed by another in October of the following year for which LaRouche writes a policy paper titled "The Pivotal Role of Thailand in the Economic Development of Southeast Asia" [PDF] in which he states: "The prospect of establishing a sea-level waterway through the Isthmus of Thailand, ought to be seen not only as an important development of basic economic infrastructure both for Thailand and the cooperating nations of the region; this proposed canal should also be seen as a keystone, around which might be constructed a healthy and balanced development of needed basic infrastructure in a more general way."


1984: Schiller Institute Founded: Adopts Declaration of Inalienable Rights of Man

Helga Zepp-LaRouche founds the international Schiller Institute in 1984 to 'end for all time every form of imperialism, and to bring about a just world order.'

Helga Zepp-LaRouche founds an international strategic and cultural organization, the Schiller Institute, named after the German 'Poet of Freedom' Friedrich Schiller. In describing the intended purpose of the Schiller Institute, Helga LaRouche states: "Let us enter into the solemn pledge to work to end for all time every form of imperialism, and that means above all that we must bring about a just world order that will make possible the urgently necessary development of the southern hemisphere."

The International Schiller Institute adopts 'The Declaration of the Inalienable Rights of Man' as its founding document, based on the US Declaration of Independence, which asserts: "The history of the present International Financial Institutions is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States; They have refused their Assent to our plans of development, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good; They have forbidden their Banks to engage in business of immediate and pressing importance for us, and in equal terms; They have dictated to us terms of trade and relations of currency, that have relinquished our Rights as Equals in the World Community, a Right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only; They have overthrown legitimate governments repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness their invasions on rights of the people; They have endeavored to prevent the necessary population increase for industrialization of these States..."

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the international Schiller Institute, holds its founding document, the Declaration of the Inalienable Rights of Man.

The document ends by declaring:

"We, therefore, the Representatives of the Peoples of the World, do solemnly declare... that all human beings on this planet have inalienable rights, which guarantee them life, freedom, material conditions worthy of man, and the right to develop fully all potentialities of their intellect and their souls. That therefore a change in the present monetary and economic order is necessary and urgent, to establish justice among the peoples of the world..."

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Assassinated in New Delhi, India

Oil portrait of Indira Gandhi, painted upon her death in 1984 by Gary Genazzio.

On October 31, 1984, the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, is assassinated at her home in New Delhi. Lyndon LaRouche writes: "This morning, at 9: 18 a.m., New Delhi time, assassins of a London-based terrorist cult murdered one of the greatest world leaders of our generation. India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. My wife and I, who loved her dearly, can not find words adequate to express our personal grief. If India is destabilized as a result of this assassination, the effects could become quickly as dangerous as the murder of the Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand, on June 28, 1914, the incident which triggered World War I."

Three days before her assassination, Mrs. Gandhi stated in a press interview with United Press International: "If I were to die serving my country, I would be very proud... I feel I have to fight evil, I have to fight what is wrong, but you cannot be bothered about what is happening to you in consequence. You have to go on with your job."

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