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SOVIET UNION-The Baltic Issue

latter, there is intense inequality with a high concentration of land ownership in the hands of the privileged few. TELECOMMUNICATIONS Falling into Multinationals' Trap WHETHER or not Sam Pitroda continues to be connected with Indian telecommunications is, of course, not so important. But the question is: does his removal from the various positions he has occupied in C-Dot, including the centre's steering committee, signal a reversal of the programme to develop telecommunication technology in the country and thereby reduce our dependence on imported technology? The new minister of state for. communications, of course, publicly disavows any such plans on the part of the government. However, there are clear indications that the Nambiar Committee's majority recommendation to set up new manufacturing facilities on the basis of Alcatel technology has more or less been accepted by the government. C-Dot will be allowed to continue, no doubt, at the same time, but it will naturally lose its relevance, certainly in the short run. As for the long run, who knows? To talk of entrusting C-Dot with the responsibility for developing a system for the future and thus working towards future, as against immediate, self-reliance is the height of cynicism.

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