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'1966: Key Events

  • Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister, after the Tashkent peace talks followed by the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
  • Punjab is divided into Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
  • Devaluation of the rupee by 36. 5%. A growing number of political groups, both Left and Right, marginalise parliamentary politics and embark on violent protests. The Communists’ emphasis on extra-parliamentary ‘mass struggle’ is emulated by a variety of regionalist, ethnic and communal groups.
  • The FICCI considers a proposal to raise a large election fund to support a ‘business party’.
  • Ghatak joins the FTII in Pune.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Veerendra Patil initates a scheme to subsidise all films made in the state. The initial subsidy is Rs. 50,000 for b&w and Rs. 1 lakh for a colour film.
  • The Dolton Press, part of B. Nagi Reddy’s publishing empire, starts the journal Bommai (edited by B. Vishwanatha Reddy) in Tamil.
  • The Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime- Achievement Awards are started.
  • The first Dogri film is Kumar Kuldip’s Gallan Hoyian Beetiyan.
  • The North Calcutta Film Society starts the quarterly Chitravash and publishes special issues on, e. g. , Nemai Ghosh and Rajen Tarafdar.
  • The Cine Club in Calcutta starts the occasional journal Kino in English.