2 October, Despite opposition, the NIC was revived, and within a month the new committee established 29 branches all over Natal and scheduled a convention for the official launch. The venue and date were symbolic:it was held at the Phoenix Settlement, established by Gandhi, with whose birthday it coincided. Two weeks before the conference, Mewa Ramgobin received another five-year ban, and missed this historical moment. He was replaced as president by George Sewpersadh who, in turn, was banned in 1973.
11 May, A thousand people packed the Tamil Vedic Hall, Durban to welcome Monty back into the community.
June, Monty Naicker made five applications for a passport to visit his sister in Scotland, whom he had not seen for three decades. The first application was made in June 1973, a month after his banning order had been lifted, but the police reported to the Secretary of Justice on 19 June 1973 that Monty had told local newspapers and the audience at Vedic Hall that he would continue with his political activities. More troublesome for the police was that he gave the armed fist salute of the ANC to deafening cries of 'Amandla' (Power). Minister of Interior, Connie Mulder, turned down the application in August 1973. Monty received an official reply from F.R. Salmon, Secretary for the Interior, which stated simply and starkly that 'the applications were not successful.' No reasons were given and Monty's wish to meet his only living sister would remain unfulfilled.
A.S. Chetty, Chairman of the Pietermaritzburg branch of the NIC, was served with a five-year banning order in 1973.
29 April, En route to East Germany M.P. Naicker suffered a heart attack and died. Waiting for him at Schoenefeld Airport in Berlin was his old friend Eric Singh of the NIYC who had to convey the news to Saro Naicker.
8 May, Oliver Tambo, Yusuf Dadoo, Brian Bunting, and other high-ranking members of the ANC and CPSA attended MP's funeral in London, where Tambo gave the keynote address.
24 May, Monty immediately got involved in the preparations for a public commemoration of MP's death at the Gandhi Library, Durban. It was convened by Monty, Florence Mkhize, D.K. Singh, A.H. Randeree, and Thumba Pillay. Three former Treason Trialists who were subsequently banned or house-arrested, shared the platform, namely, Monty, Helen Joseph and Archie Gumede.
23 July, Phyllis Naidoo went into exile and returned to South Africa on 26 June 1990.
November, The NIC formed an Anti-SAIC Committee. It went by the acronym ASC, with Monty as chairman, Dr Goonam as treasurer, M.J. Naidoo as vice-president and A.H. Randeree as secretary. The clock was turned back when the ASC stood for Anti- Segregation Council.
26 November, The first meeting of the ASC was held at the Kajee Hall, Durban. In the lead-up to the meeting, the ASC issued a statement that in its ten years of existence the Council had achieved nothing of note, and that they intended applying pressure to get members to resign. In addition to Monty and Dr Goonam, Dr Jerry Coovadia, Rabi Bugwandeen, and Dr Y. Variawa, chairman of the Transvaal Action Committee, also addressed the meeting. Members of the Council were invited to share the platform but did not turn up. Monty's speech would be one of his last acts of defiance. He insisted that he would 'not register as a voter for the dummy Indian Council elections.'
11 December, There was a second meeting at David Landau Community Centre in Asherville, where Monty shared the platform with respected educationist Dr A.D. Lazarus, who said that he was 'not fooled by the government's phoney councils. If I am a South African citizen then why am I not given equal rights as my white counterparts' The ASC and NIC issued a statement that 'the role of the Council is clear. Its members are there at the request of the government and as paid agents; it rubber-stamps government plans and passes them on to a vote less and voiceless people.'