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CPI-Search Continues

Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, a Congress(I) member of Parliament, read out in the Rajya Sabha the names of 24 Indian journalists who, according to him, had been mentioned in a publication brought out by a radical group called Inter-Press operating from Geneva as receiving CIA funds. Four days later, on November 28, there was a brief news item (UNI) which said that consequent upon enquiries made by the Chief of News Bureau of The Hindustan Times (whose name was on the list) the Press Attache of the US embassy in New Delhi had clarified thus: "In response to a question as to whether there is any US Senate report referring to Indian journalists connected in any way with the CIA, the answer is that there is no such report". The denials by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday are apparently based on similar 'clarifications' sought by government, this time not merely from the US Embassy in Delhi, but also from the Indian Embassy in Washington. It was anyway unrealistic to expect the US government (or even the Government of India) to be candid about the doings of its intelligence agency; and there are many kinds of Senate and House Committee Reports, not all of which are available as public documents.

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