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course of the fiscal year to cater further 10 their needs. But, clearly, given the resource famine the Union government is afflicted with, its capacity to maintain the defence personnel in reasonable comfort and optimum preparedness is likely to be circumscribed. What is then wrong if the armed forces attempt to be self-sustained, if they engage in some occasional smuggling to augment their resources, smuggling being no longer a proscribed activity? We must of course follow the upright path, but we must also remember that Mahatma Gandhi taught us to be pragmatic too: his life was a celestial essay in pragmatism. So let us be sensible and adopt the Indonesian model. Is the above depiction pure surrealism, little related to actualities? Yes and no. Surrealism, after all, has had an essentially modest beginning, with the telling of tall tales. You keep adding to the tale, the tale turns into a parable, suddenly the parable assumes the garb of a commentary on unfolding events; by the time you arrive at the terminus, reality and fantasy have been rendered interchangeable. In a milieu shot with surrealism, the supposedly fantastic

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