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The Michigan Daily-Friday; July 27, 1979-Page 5
New Indian prime minister favors 'smallness'
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - The man development of heavy industry here,, studied law and while a young attorney sider him their political "messiah," in
named to become India's new prime Singh has said he wants to promote sm- entered politics in 1929 through India's to a well-oiled political machine knowr
minister is a farmer's son who never all-scale, rural-based factories and struggle for independence from as the Bharatiya Lok Dal (Indiai
held a national post before 1977, and medium-sized, owner-tilled farms. He Britain. People's Group). It merged with fou
who champions smallness in place of maintains this was envisioned by the From 1937, when he was first elected other parties in 1977 to form Desai'
the giant industrial development - late father of the nation. to the state assembly, until 1977, when Janata Party.
projects favored by his predecessors. "If the eduntry has to be saved, the he was elected to Parliament and Although he was dropped from th
Charan Singh, 76, also will be the first Nehruvian strategy will have to be joined Desai's Cabinet, Singh devoted Cabinet last year for calling the gover
Indian prime minister not born in the replaced by the Gandhian approach," himself entirely to regional politics. nment too "impotent" to prosecut
high Hindu religious caste of Brahmins. said Singh, who like many Indian Twice he served as chief minister of Ut- Gandhi, Singh wooed and won her sup
His family belongs to the Jat casteon a politicians dresses in the homespun cot- tar Pradesh state. port last week in his bid for the prim
middle rung of the Hindu hierarchy, ton that Mohandas Gandhi made a In the rough-and-tumble world of ministership. He had been among he
whose members include many in- symbol of Indian independence. state politics, Singh became adept at critics jailed during the 1975-77 state o
dustrious north Indian farmers. Two of His supporters call him "chaudhury" pulling his support from under former emergency.
his children are in the United States. - or "leader" - and consider him sin- allies, earning him the title of "King of
Singh has based his predominantly cere, intelligent, and a fervent follower Defectors." SINGH HEADED the Home Affair
regional political career on small lan- of the Gandhian philosophy. His detrac- Defections were used again by Singh Ministry first and was made finance
dholder support in his native Uttar tors regard him as a taciturn, narrow- this month to deprive Desai of a minister and deputy prime minister in
Pradesh state, which has produced minded man too deeply rooted in his majority shortly before a crucial con- January after temporarily patching u
every Indian prime minister except his rural bias to see the bigger picture of fidence vote, forcing the 83-year-old his quarrel with Desai. He has little ex
predecessor, Morarji Pesai. modern India. leader to resign. perience in foreign relations, havini
UNLIKE Jawaharlal Nehru, India's BORN DEC. 23, 1902, in a dusty north Singh's power base was formed by traveled abroad only once - to nearby
first prime minister, who launched the Indian village called Noorpur, Singh uniting millions of fellow Jats, who con- Sri Lanka.


June prices push inflation rate over 13%
WASHINGTON (AP) - The soaring went up 0.2 per cent in June. But taken Committee of Congress that were it not per cent, and this underlying r
cost of gasoline and fuel oil pushed con- alone, grocery prices declined 0.1 per for rising energy prices, "We would be been "remarkably stable" in
sumer prices up another one per cent in cent on the strength of a drop in prices seeing clear, clear deceleration of in- months.
June as inflation continued to erode the of meats, poultry, fish and eggs. flation. We would clearly be out of the However, that will be smallc
value of American incomes at an an- Beef prices, which had increased double-digit range." for the average American w
nual rate of over 13 per cent, the gover- sharply during the preceding eight After discounting for volatile energy, whose paychecks lost another
nment reported yesterday. months, declined 1.3 per cent, food and housing costs, he said the un- cent of purchasing power in Ju
Prices have increased 6.3 per cent However, the Agriculture Depar- derlying rate of inflation is about seven 3.5 per cent in the past 12 mon
since December, meaning the dollar tment reported separately that it ex-
lost 6.3 cents of its purchasing power pects retail food prices to rise "close to
from January through June. Inflation 11 per cent' during all of 1979, which
for the year is now projected at 10.6 per means steep increases are still ahead
cent by the Carter administration, this year.
CONSUMER PRICES increased 1.1 KAHN TOLD the Joint Economic
per cent in May and have increased
near or above one per cent in every
month so far this year.
The annual rate of increase in con-
sumer prices for the past three months
was 13.4 per cent, the worst in more
than five years - since a 14 per cent
annual rate of increase in the first three
months of 1974. Alfred Kahn, the A 1*S A R THE
president's chief inflation adviser, said p"t sO N SEE AND HEAR
rising oil prices were responsible for
about half of the overall increase in For Fall Term 1979 are due in VIDEO TAPE DURING ART
June and are the major cause in the
worsening of inflation this year. the Office of Financial Aid, FAIR, PERFORMING "MY
Gasoline prices increased 5.6 per cent 2011 SAB by Friday, Aug. 3. SHARONA" AND "FRUSTRATED:"
in June to an average of 85.6 cents per
gallon for regular, while fuel oil prices FRI. & SAT. JULY 27 & 28
creased at an annual rate of 60.8 per FALL/WINTER APPLICATION
cent so far this year, while fuel oil has PERIOD IS NOVEMBER 30,
risen at a 70.6 per cent rate.1979
Food prices increased only slightly in Ivt
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