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War, Water and Wine

War, Water and Wine Nireekshak AFTER THE STORM, the lull. First we had Chinese troops firing across the barbed wire fence at Nathu La (nobody in official circles has yet answered Ram Manohar Lohia's angry question as to whether the wire fence is still intact); then we had the Nanak Sagar dam disaster, which has been described by the National Herald (and very rightly so) as the greatest disaster in recent times. The cost of that disaster has not yet been computed; one estimate is in the vicinity of Rs 40 crores; it could possibly be more. The cost in terms of human misery surely cannot be calculated; in this country misery is seldom taken into account. It is, like air, water and God, taken for granted. The National Herald has been pressing for an official inquiry; there seems to be some hesitation in government circles. The inquiry, no doubt, will finally be instituted, when much of the evidence has been erased and the people's anger softened.

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