ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Great Power Show

Skylark 284 Frere Road Bombay 1 Editor R K HAZARI Associate Editor: Krishna Raj Assistant Editor: Rajani X Desai Business Manager: A Fernandes Circulation Manager: Shiv Patil WISHFUL thinking appears to colour much of the comment on the aftermath of the occupation of Czechoslovakia. It has been concluded, rather facilely, that the Russians have come a cropper. They made some miscalculations,! true. The troops which goose-stepped into Czechoslovakia and the leaders in Moscow who ordered them in were taken aback by the absence of both resistance (from 'counter-revolutionaries') and support (from loyal 'communists'). At one stage the Soviet Union appeared hopeful that President Svoboda, old and ailing, might be browbeaten into lending his name to a puppet regime. But once they saw this would not work, the Soviet leaders retraced their steps rather nimbly and let Dubcek and 'deposed' Prime Minister Cernik join the talks in Moscow.

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