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SINGAPORE- Casting Bread on Malacca Waters

 This was hardly 10 days before the notorious Patna convention. Pouring venom on the Union Government, Organiser's Special Correspondent had said in the intro: "Believe it or not, it is not the Bhutto Government alone that is raising a hue and cry about the fate of Pakistani collaborators known as Bihari Muslims in Bangladesh. For, even the Indira Government is advising the Mujib Government to accord generous treatment to these pro-Pakistani elements who have still great potential for trouble in that new State." Remembering the background and raison d'etre of his party, the Organising Secretary of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh said: "There should be no repatriation of non-Bengali Muslims of Bangladesh to India but individual cases of persons who might be wanting to come back to India could be considered on merit." THE Soviet Union must feel very dissatisfied with its latest diplomatic effort in the Far East and in South-East Asia, last month, to seek support for the Moscow-sponsored collective security system for Asia and for getting the Malacca Straits accepted as international waters free for all traffic, including the passage of naval ships. Perhaps not satisfied with the initiative of its diplomats stationed in South-East Asian countries in obtaining support of the governments in this regime for these proposals, Moscow last month sent a special envoy, L I Mendelvitch, on a whirlwind tour of the three littoral countries (Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia) of the Malacca Straits. But even Mendelvitch received absolutely no support from the leaders of these three countries for the Soviet proposal for evolving a collective security system for Asia, which was first made by Brezhnev in 1969.

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