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East of Suez, East of Delhi

East of Suez, East of Delhi Nireekshak Far called, our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the fire: Lo, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! IN these words, seventy years ago, Rudyard Kipling envisaged the end of the British Empire. The Pioneer quoted T S Eliot when it wrote of Wilson's plan for phased withdrawal from the Far East: "Britain's withdrawal from the east is ending not with a bang but with a whimper. It has taken Britain years to find out that she has ceased to be a world power and the illusions of grandeur have cost her dear''. Pioneer, which was once -edited by Englishmen, was in no mood to gloat over Britain's fall. "Habits" it said sternly, "die hard and there is still a considerable section in the country which gloats over the unplanned withdrawal of 'British Imperialism' from cast of Suez. Unless our policy is sensibly reoriented towards the powers that can really help us in the resultant crisis, Indians and other Asians will share the same fate which overtook the undefended countries when the Roman legions were pulled back to Rome". So far as India was concerned, said the paper, there was "need for some quick thinking on our part on the reorientation of our policy in southeast Asia".

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