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Blind to Third World Realities

Blind to Third World Realities GPD 'IN the Pacific resort of Mexico, the peace summit of Greece, Argentina, Tanzania, Sweden, India and of course the host country Mexico concluded its two-day deliberations on August 7. The conclusions it came to were rather predictable. It appealed to the two big powers to heed the calf of peace and accept a moratorium on nuclear weapons Rajiv Gandhi also noted that in respose to the six-nation call the Soviet Union had unilaterally accepted a moratorium on nuclear tests and had twice extended it. "We commend them and deeply appreciate the earnestness they have shown!1 This compliment to the Soviet Union was to be expected when the six-nation summit put the USA and the USSR in the same bracket. Rajiv Gandhi, in fact, pointedly placed the Challenger and Chernobyl accidents together and drew a very uncharacteristic conclusion therefrom. The (21st century) Prime Minister told the world blandly that the two accidents "remind us of the fallibility of technology". Given the current liberal thinking on science and technology, the sentiment expressed by Rajiv Gandhi should find a friendly audience.

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