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Calcutta Diary

AM Their main task accomplished, Yeltsin and Gorbachev can now afford to play Judas to each other. When the accounts are finally gathered, three to four years hence, the sufferings their acts would have inflicted on the people would have far exceeded the depredations of Stalin. Therein lies the absurdity of it: the tribe who pass as anti-Stalinists are the devoutest Stalinists of them all HUMANITARIANISM is not cheap. What is therefore about to ensue is a near- perfect example of the classical joint supply. The US secretary of state has been in person in Moscow and other locations to assure the populace in the constituent republics of the erstwhile Soviet Union. Famine and starvation stare them in the face as the winter reaches its nadir. The American administration will be false to its heritage if it were to forsake its humanitarian obligations at this juncture. The former Soviet republics are not to be left in the lurch; US officials will soon be on their way with food and other relief materials. The Americans also propose to convene a conference of western governments to organise relief on a grand scale. They will, at the same time, advise the republics on how to disarm their nuclear warheads and divest themselves of their ballistic missiles.

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