CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 31, 1984
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(Studio) Assassination of Prime Min. Indira Gandhi and fear of religious violence between Hindus and Sikhs reported; Gandhi noted killed by Sikh bodyguard.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(New Delhi, India) Details of Gandhi's assassination examined; films shown. [Dr. A.N. SAFAYA - announces her death.] Gandhi noted killed en route to interview with actor Peter Ustinov. [Voice of USTINOV - describes event.] Violence against Sikhs described. Rajiv Gandhi noted new prime minister [GANDHI - appeals for calm.] Her remarks last night on possible death in face of increase Sikh threats quoted.
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews
(London, England) [Prime Min. Margaret THATCHER - praises Gandhi.] Reaction among international Sikh community noted; turbulence of India's history, include assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, reviewed. Role of Indira Gandhi's father Jawaharlal Nehru in stabilizing the country recalled; Gandhi's career reviewed, include recent Sikh struggle for independence. [June, GANDHI - explains approach to religious factions.] [Recently, GANDHI - expresses fatalism about her possible death.]
REPORTER: Tom Fenton
(London, England) India's complexity examined; films shown. [Dr. Tom NOSSITER - considers Gandhi a symbol of continuity.] Pol moves of Gandhi leading to current state of tension, as well as her assassination, discussed. [August, exiled Sikh leader Indarjit SINGH - predicts murders of Gandhi and her family.] [June, Rajiv GANDHI - feels his mother and grandfather had deep commitment to India.]
REPORTER: Steve Kroft
(Studio) Funeral plans announced; photograph shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
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