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Bhupesh Gupta s World

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Bhupesh Gupta's World G P D THE news from Indo-China over the last four weeks or more was a sad reminder that the clients of the US were still indulging in mindless killing to ensure that the 'balance of forces' remained in their favour. The Arabs, especially of Palestine, were nowhere near regaining their rightful place, in spite of the fact that Arab oil was fetching better prices. The racist South Africans were as consolidated as ever. The fighting people all over the world had certainly shaken the oppressors but, apart from a special appearance in the United Nations of Yassar Arafat, they have had no significant sign yet to show that the 'detente' was proving useful to them.


he an inevitable mix of these objectives. Haksar, and his colleague P N Dhar in the PM's Secretariat, will have to see that the emphasis is sharply healthy, and that India begins to feel the beginnings of a basic .social transformation. Here, we come back to base. Will Indira Gandhi who went to sleep after the rise of Bangladesh, her finest hour, be able to assert a determined political will at this moment when credibility is near zero? Judging from past performance. India's Prime Minister is most active when cornered. And, that's a fair description of the situation today

Brahmanical Ways of the Third World

Brahmanical Ways of the Third World G P D JOHN SCALI, the US delegate to the United Nations, was rather angry with almost everyone present when he spoke to the General Assembly a week or so ago. He did not like the way the august body of one hundred and thirtyeight members was behaving. He was annoyed at almost everything the members were doing there. American officials are not given to liberal cliches, otherwise he would have said that he was speaking more in sorrow than anger. In any case, he was perceptibly perturbed that the United Nations was very much on its way to a state of total v relevance, eventually to meet the same fate as its no less august predecessor, the League of Nations, The analogy of the League of Nations is not out of place. The League collapsed, among other reasons, Scali would reckon, because of the failure of the US to join it. He held out a similar threat now. The American people, he said, did not like what was going on at the UN. Their faith in the UN was being eroded. As the US paid for nearly 25 per cent of the budget of the UN, the members had better sit up and think. They can have either their resolutions or the US dollars. Scali forgot to add, presumably in his anger, that he hoped that the bright, well- mannered third world gentry present would see sense and make the proper choice. Established governments the world over should realise that unless they made the right choice the UN would become a subject of history.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS- Indian Ocean and the Asian Napoleons

Indian Ocean and the Asian Napoleons G P D THE specialists and the learned commentators on International Affairs seem to have their favourite hobby-horses. Usually, somebody in the West chooses them and our own commentators also try to vide them. To cite a few examples.


November 30, 1974 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS A Meeting of Needs G P D FOR nearly five years now, the normalisation of Sino-Soviet relations is being talked about. In 1969, Premier Kosygin had stopped by in Peking, on his way to Moscow from Hanoi, for talks with Chou En-lai at the Peking airport. Ever since then speculation on the prospects of Sino-Soviet relations has been rife. And there have always been signs that the impasse in Sino-Soviet relations may not be quite so hopeless.


They were offered the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. The way children would, they all wanted to be couriers. Therefore they are only couriers who hurry about the world, shouting to each other mes- sages that have become meaningless.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS- Peaceful Co-dominance

October 26, 1974 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Peaceful Co-dominance G P D DETENTE is the word. It's a hot favourite of the powerful ones of the international system. In plain English, it means a series of deals that the super powers have struck with each other in recent years. In 1972, for example, the two super powers were busy either negotiating a deal or signing one every week of the year practically. Old-time notions of 'balance of power' have now been replaced by 'detente', in much the same way as 'colonialism' has been replaced by 'neo-colonialism'. The terms have changed, at times even the actors have changed, but the essence has not.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS-Last Stage of Imperialism

October 5, 1974 IN a delightful book on the myths and realities of the Kennedy era David Halberstam recounts an interesting conversation between Vice-President Lyndon Johnson and Stan Karnow of the Saturday Evening Post. Johnson, who was on a whirlwind tour of Asia in 1961, described Diem of South Vietnam as the ''Winston Churchill of South-East Asia". Stan Karnow asked him if he really believed that about Diem. "Shit, man", Johnson answered, "he is the only boy we got out there''. This about sums up US foreign policy. It is remarkable that the world has


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