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NAGALAND- Why the NNO Lost

 begins to gather. Get things done is all very well, but in not too long A span of time one has to decide what things and how. For example, collection of revenues is a good morale booster for the administrators but what about land reforms? Or, procurement of rice is excellent not only for Andhra but also the nation but what about the unconscionable and utterly intolerable rise in prices? What about unemployment? What about development? What about the implementation of the Six- Point Formula? What about removal of regional disparities? On these and a host of other related and crucial problems the 'pragmatic' Chief Minister does not appear to have anything resembling a systematic approach. After all, the economic and political philosophy of pragmatism is essentially that of laissez faire.

INDONESIA-The Debris of Army Rule

INDONESIA The Debris of Army Rule Harish Chandola THE storm which broke out in Indonesia last month over the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Jakarta was not directed only against the economic domination of the Japanese but also against the policies of the Indonesian government which the students and others felt was making Indonesia more and more open to Western and Japanese exploitation. It so happened that the Japanese became the most visible and accessible targets during Tanaka's visit, more accessible than the high Indonesian officials, who were widely suspected of being the instruments of the foreign powers in robbing Indonesia of its natural resources in the name of developing it, but who were protected against direct attack by their coercive strength.

BANGKOK-Preparing for Democracy

January 12, 1974 BANGKOK Preparing for Democracy Harish Chandola NEITHER the popularity of the King and the caretaker government nor the prospect of an elected government is the solution to Thailand's problems. They do, however, provide favourable conditions for creating political consciousness among the people and organising them politically.

THAILAND-Reluctant Rulers

go-slow workers. He has proposed that the letter of the wage law be followed and that the pay board dodge' its spirit by allowing the miners an increase on their basic wage by disguising it as payment for the time that miners spend before and after they work at the seams. In other words, they will be paid for bath time and for the time spent in fetching and leaving gear. Even if this measure is accepted, it is too late to call off the three-day week. That the government can only afford to do when coal supplies are normalised and wages are once again connected to full production. Even then the procedures for accepting the offer will take till the end of January.

JAPAN-Bombs for Israel, Oil through America

JAPAN has been earning huge profits from wais in Asia. The Korean War in the early 1950s launched Japan on its career of becoming an exporter of war goods. The Vietnam War established it as a major partner of the United States in manufacturing some of the most sophisticated military equipment.

THAILAND-Incomplete Struggle

Incomplete Struggle Harish Chandola THE last stronghold of the world of John Foster Dulles has finally come crashing down. It Mine down with the demonstrations of That students last month, demolishing the local military dictatorship which was the comer- stone of the Dullesian policy for the establishment of US-controlled military alliances to "contain communism" (which really was a euphemism for keeping in check national struggles of the peoples of the Third World).

ALGIERS-Advance on Lusaka

Advance on Lusaka Harish Chandola SINCE the Lusaka summit meeting in 1970, there has been an attempt to divide the camp of the non-aligned countries by suggesting that there were various groups within it; that there were Arab interests, Latin American interests, African interests and Asian interests; and that the groups representing these interests tried to secure advantages for themselves by utilising the non-aligned forum and seeking its commitment to one cause or the other. There was also the theory that the Arab and African states came to the non-aligned conferences well organised and with definite ideas, and since the Asian countries did not hold consultations among themselves for evolving a common stand at the summit, the others took advantage of it and succeeded in focusing the attention of the conference and the world on African and Arab issues.

Arriving in China

Arriving in China Harish Chandola TWICE a week a plane of the Civil Aviation Authority of China flies visitors in and out of Hanoi. I left North Vietnam on one of its flights. The Chinese plane was a British-built Viscount. China does not fly Russian aircraft on that route, and is in fact phasing out most of the Russian passenger planes in its service in favour of more modern aircraft from Britain and the US. The Chinese crew of the Viscount did not wear the double breasted jackets with gold-braid and peaked-caps of aircrew the world over. It was a rather warm day and they were clad in white shirts and blue trousers, the same dress as most people in China wear. During their brief haft at Hanoi, they did not come into the airport building, or what was left of it after the US bombing, but sat on the tarmac near their aircraft. The hostesses too were very simply dressed in cream blouses and blue trousers. There were very few passengers: 14 Polish seamen returning home after inspecting the damage done to their ship, 'Josef Conrad', by US bombs at Haiphong, one Chinese diplomat and me.

LAOS-The Adversaries

public sector unit in Kerala, In 1971, it had a .subscribed capital of Rs 93.25 lakhs and reserves worth Rs 160 lakhs. It made a grass profit of Rs 117.47 lakhs, an ircrease of 33 per cent over the previous year, and its net profit was Rs 32.74 lakhs. Against this record of TTP, Thapars have no previous experience in the field. That has been confirmed by Thapars' requests to revive the letter of intent three or four times.

LAOS-The Vital Infrastructure

home of Lambton who was found with cannabis and other drugs. Influential newspapers have threatened further disclosures linking Tory ministers with gambling, prostitution and other money- making rackets. All this makes heavy weather for the Tory yachtsmen, And now a kick in the vitals from Enoch Powell. Just before this assault there was merry speculation that the Tories were gaining ground with the electorate and would call a snap election in the autumn, before the Labour party had resolved its nationalisation problem. Certainly after Powell's blow the government will think again about snap elections.

Laos-Life in Sam Neua Province

Life in Sam Neua Province Harish Chandola SAM Neua province has been the base of the Laotian revolution for over 20 years. It was completely liberated from French colonial rule in 1953. At the Geneva Conference on Indochina in 1954, it was decided that the Laotian patriotic forces should regroup themselves in one, area and the French troops in Laos in another, to disentangle the two sides. The Lao forces fighting all over in their country against the French were asked to regroup in Sam Neua, because it was completely free of French control. Since then Sam Neua has been the headquarters of the Lao Patriotic Front, whose Central Coinmit- tee members spend much time in this province to meet each other and confer and plan strategics both for winning the war and developing the country.

LAOS-At Pathet Lao Headqviarters

 LAOS At Pathet Lao Headqviarters Harish Chandola A VAST valley ringed with towering mountains opens up. It is not cultivated, hut is free of the dense forests that cover the higher readies of the mountains. The earth is dark, burnt brown.


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