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Hep and Square

Hep and Square Nireekshak IF the rough time given to K K Shah in the Rajya Sabha is any indication, Members of Parliament are not likely to be forgetful even if the press does not care to follow up the story of the proposed Rs 25-lakh loan to Ramanlal Sheth. Latitha Rajagopalan wanted to know

Sections and Crossings

Sections and Crossings THE battle of the Sunday editions is on, The national papers, one after the other, are going over a separate magazine supplement, with varying success, tribune is a mess; Hindustan Times is struggling to find its way around. The latest to join the race is Statesman which now brings out a measly section of four pages of no particular distinction. Statesman, as a matter of sad fact, is steadily going downhill, sans leadership sans direction; what is worse, it is becoming unreadable, a sorry state for a paper that once commanded such great respect and attention. The front page has no character and the editorial page is probably left to the mercy of the printer. Proof-reading, once its pride, is neglected

The Swadeshi Spirit

The Swadeshi Spirit Nireekshak HINDUSTAN Standard deserves congratulations on three counts: first, for serialising a chapter from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's book "Political Situation in Pakistan"; second, for providing a fuller account of Lard Mountbatten's Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture than other papers did; and, third, for giving extensive coverage to the exciting literary case in which Samarcsh Bose, a Bengali writer, is on trial for alleged obscenity in his best-selling novel "Prajapati". Bhutto's views are well known, but this is the first time that they have been fully formulated in a book which, says Standard, is banned in Pakistan. But apart from saying that the three-part serial is. a slightly abridged version of the first chapter of Bhutto's book, the paper vouchsafes no further information, say, about the publishers or even how the articles came to be offered to it. Nevertheless, the paper has done a public service in publishing the articles. Bhutto may be in jail now, but a term in jail is often the prelude to power in many countries. So it is important that India knows Bhutto's mind as fully as possible.

Foul and Fair

negotiations between the State Governments concerned. The giant fertiliser complex of Tatas in Mithapur, which had so carefully elicited public enthusiasm in Gujarat, is no longer a subject of discussion among the people here

Showing Slips

Showing Slips HINDU is back in circulation, at last. And Tamil Nad, which has for years hung breathlessly on the colourless prose of its editorials, can now relax. During its forced hibernation it has evidently acquired cartoonist Puri whose piece on E M S Nam- hoodiripad recently helped enliven the paper's otherwise sombre page seven, opposite the editorial page. For reasons of its own, Hindu has always fought shy of putting cartoons on the front page, even in the days when, in superior splendour, it used to feature David Low. Now Hindu is content with native genius. That is something to be thankful for, even if it may have to do with the provincialism of foreign cartoonists and the Reserve Bank's unwillingness to be more sparing of foreign exchange.

Pass the Glory

November 9, 1968 language, it would be very difficult to identify the country from which the station is broadcasting. The Beatles are top of the pops in Hamburg as well as in Venice, There is a depressing sameness about the mass circulation magazines also; generally only (he language betrays the national market for which they are intended. European nationalism today is thus partly a response to the progressive disappearance of national characteristics and peculiarities under the rising wave of the consumer society.

Claim, Counter-Claim

LONDON Keeping BBC Unfettered THE British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has long been considered one of the most typical British institutions. Yet it is hardly 40 years old. Broadcasting is such a central part of modem life, however, that BBC's youth is often forgotten. Instead of being seen as an organisation that is still trying to find its true role, the BBC has the public image of a central pillar of the established British order

Turn of Horoscopes

the bank not to lend him more, A query if the Tirupati Temple Trust, the richest of its kind in India, had lent funds to the newspaper magnate brought forth a reply from the Andhra Government that it had no information on the subject ! Some high-up people in New Delhi have been taking a rather keen interest in underpinning the magnates operations. A top official of the Reserve Bank was, it is learnt, told some months back in New Delhi to convey to the Life Insurance Corporation that something had to be done about the sagging price of Indian Iron. That message resulted in two hurried meetings of the LIC's investment committee within 48 hours, the first according to schedule, and the second an extraordinary one to consider offers of sale of Indian Iron made to LIC by unidentified parties. At this second meeting, it is believed, the LIC management (perhaps fortified by memories of 1958) firmly declined to make any commitment of purchase or to indicate the price at which it would consider further purchases of Indian Iron and the committee agreed with this view. (It is only a coincidence that the investment committee then had a member who was a senior executive in one of the magnate's companies'.) The timing of the second meeting was significant because at that time it was very much in the air that Indian Iron would skip the dividend for the year ended 1967-68. The rumour, which in the event proved correct failed to bring down the price of the scrip and LIC was spared the embarrassment of having to implement the advice received from New Delhi. Following the skipping of the dividend by Indian Iron

Dear Departed

October 19, 1968 terms of the longer-term aims of its sugar policy, may be too heavy. IN a lengthy circular to shareholders, the management of Automobile Products of India (which produces Lambretta scooters) have sought to impress upon them that the reappointment of Technical Services as managing agents is absolutely essential and that no other form of management would be able to establish the company on a firm footing. In fact, it claims that termination of managing agency will disrupt the fulfilment of the company's expansion programme, and adversely affect its entire structure and will be harmful to the interests of the company. Technical Services has held this office since API's inception 19 years ago, but its term expires at the end of 1968.

War and Peace

Mobilising against the Ugly Twins ? Romesh Thapar OUR major newspapers, picking up the strings after a rather prolonged strike which coincided with an internal management attack aimed at blunting editorial independence, have failed to note the beginnings of a significant change in our external posture. From the scrappy reports coming in of Indira Gandhi's pronouncements in Latin America, it appears that we have at last recognised the inherent dangers in our dependence on the supposed goodwill of the two super powers. A follow-through can only mean that we will soon be embarked on a policy of closer co-ordination with a number of developed and developing nations whose interests are basically opposed to the diktats of Washington and Moscow.

Bubble or Bonanza

Those who consider themselves all- knowing have decided to relax until the Prime Minister returns. Relaxation, too, is difficult The weather is an alternate mix of dry heat and humidity. We are without rain. The clouds gather and disappear. Maybe, this encourages internal tourism by the Ministers. If they learn something of the mood of the country, then perhaps some objective will have been served. For the moment, there's little doubt that what we possess is a non-govern- ment embodying a fair degree of military and police power.

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