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No Food Budget, After All

the Sant's fast by Jayaprakash Narayan. His formula was nothing other than the setting up of a one- man commission to re-examine the disputed issues. Sant Fateh Singh was generally known to be prepared to accept this suggestion provided it came from the Government. But the Centre turned it down presumably because there was a desire not to boost J P's prestige. New Delhi was also misled by the special emissaries who were set out to Punjab on a gauging mission. The reports received from these dignitaries, as also the intelligence establishment, were that the Sant and his followers would eventually shrink from their threatened self- immolation if the Centre remained firm. The assessment of the Sant's following received by New Delhi from these sources was erroneous. To this was added the version of Master Tara Singh's followers, who reportedly gave to New Delhi the "inside information" that the Sant will eventually abandon his threat of burning himself. That Tara Singh had his own axe to grind in trying to mislead the Government was not realised in New Delhi in the early stages of the Sant's fast.

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