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CUBA- Institutionalising a Revolution

policy studies. This has yet to happen here; nor will it happen so long as the university authorities do not give up the generalist approach. A lot of specialisa tion has taken place in technical education in India. Why should the same not happen to the social sciences? Cannot the UGC do something?

Chile s Land Reforms

would have effectively accomplished the policy aims of the Indian Government. Why did India not act then? One can, of course, ask what the reaction of X, Y or Z power would have been in the event of such an action. But such a question only begs another. Why should the Indian Government be so inhibited in taking actions which are in its own interests? Although a number of different points may be raised in this connection, the main reason, we believe, lies in the extreme dependence of the Indian bourgeoisie on foreign capital for economic growth and the consequent social and political consolidation of its rule over the country. This dependence substantially circumscribes the freedom of action of the Indian ruling class particularly in international conflicts where its creditors may also be interested. Recent events bear ample witness to this fact. Which independent and self-confident bourgeois power would have sent emissaries scurrying all over the globe IN the Latin American context, even limited 'bourgeois-democratic' land reforms of the kind contemplated in India, can go a long way to polarise property relations. But Chile, under a communist- socialist Popular Unity coalition is attempting something new

Shift in Naxalite Tactics

August 21, 1971 hesitations about embarking fully on our nuclear programme must be thrust aside. We can no longer hope to strive for status among the leading powers unless we can claim some nuclear capacity. This is the price we will have to pay for pushing ourselves into the power game. The gathering of our own supplies of plutonium, now possible within the programme of the Atomic Energy Commission, must be co-ordinated with the fuse mechanism research which goes on independently under the Defence Ministry. And we can step up the experiments at Thumba. A drastic executive overhaul is called for in this sector which happens to be the responsibility of the Prime Minister herself.

LATIN AMERICA-Changes in the OAS

he said that there would be no world peace as long as intervention in the internal matters of other countries was not given up. By the time the King returned from his Australian tour, however, the scene on the Indian subcontinent had once again changed. The Mukti Fauj in Bangla Desh gave a new dimension to Nepal's bargaining position in the world, because of its access to China, Yahya's men still controlled the Dacca route beyond Radhikapur. Kathmandu thus found it worthwhile to revert to its original stand over Radhikapur and ask for the two separate treaties on trade and transit. Before the King could voice the change to L P Singh, the newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Moscow invited the King, who saw in it a golden opportunity to start bargaining afresh and form firmer ground for the originally proposed trade and transit treaties with India.

Polycentric Maoism

 Polycentric Maoism Mohan Ram POLYCENTRISM and national communism have been dirty words with the ideologues of the Communist Party of China. But the Maoist move, ments in three South Asian countries

KUALA LUMPUR-Chinese Checkers

KUALA LUMPUR Chinese Checkers Mohan Ram THERE is a great deal of logic to the visible convergence of super power in - terests in South-East Asia. The Nixon doctrine and subsequent policy pronouncements imply that much as the United Stales is for a military disengagement in Vietnam, it is by no means willing to abandon the South-East Asian region and is set on ensuring its presence there is some form or other. Also the United States would rather like a Sino-Soviet confrontation in the region so that it could play a balancing role. But not very surprisingly on its part, the Soviet Union would hate to see the United States abandon the region. A delicate triangle involving China, so as to avoid a direct confrontation, would be to Soviet advantage.

BANGKOK- Foreign Policy Rethinking

 and sustain the democratically elected government of Bangla Desh? Of course, a dishonest observer undoubtedly could if it were in his interest to do so. The Indian policy of non-recognition of Bangla Desh is then designed to wring from the dishonest observer the grudging admission that something undesirable is happening in Bangla Desh. What exactly is the value of such an admission? It will not be accompanied by any change of attitude towards, or any material support for, India or Bangla Desh. It is time we abandoned the illusion that holier-than-thou postures pay in world affairs.


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