ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Calcutta Diary

AM Twenty and odd years ago in Calcutta's labyrinthine lanes and by-lanes, there was one chant which would drown all others: tomar nam, amar nam, Vietnam, Vietnam. Vo Nguyen Giap, Ho Chi Minh's comrade-general, the one who had planned and executed the miracle of Dien Bien Phu, was in Calcutta the other day, for a couple of fleeting hours, but he came twenty years too late. It is a different city he visited from the Calcutta of twenty and odd years ago. Perhaps it is also a different Vietnam from where he was visiting.

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