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Southern Africa- Change of Approach

employers in industry and agriculture, between tenants and landlords in the rural areas or between the scheduled castes and the upper castes. This con. frontation has been ever present, though, because of the unequal strengths of the protagonists, most often in a muted form. The confrontation that the President was agitated about is that between different sections of the rulers. And, as was to be ex- pected, the President ended his speech by fervently appealing for "national reconciliation", by which he meant, of course, the composing of the differences among the rulers. This to him was the national task today. He even invoked "the countrywide awakening of our national conscience and the sacrifice of millions of our countrymen . .. who made the overthrow of foreign able inevitable" and called for a similar awakening of our national conscience'' in the cause of saving the present political system. Otherwise, he feared, "we shall all perish". Quite the contrary; it is the present political arrangements which have been responsible for the majority of the people of the country remaining in a state of destitution, ignorance and terror. The demise of these arrangements may present some hope to these people of eventually escaping the miserable fate which has been their lot for the last thirty-two years. In any case, they are unlikely to share the President's view of the present difficulties of the rulers as a "national crisis''.

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