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Visible Hand

Visible Hand THE invisible hand writes, and, having written, moves on. This statement is however true only with respect to what has eventuated in Pakistan in the course or the past week. Apropos of its bigger neighbour, the hand that wrote the script last week was very much visible. The US administration chose to put the dying-to-be-a-vassal country, India, in its place. No nonsense about being friends and not masters; there was an unambiguous assertion of the master's right to decide which slaves play what roles. The Russians did not clear in advance with the United States their decision to sell cryogenic rocket technology to the Indians; they needed to be given a dressing down. The niceties of protocol were dispensed with. A spokesperson of the US department of state informed the world that the agreement the Russians had signed with the Indians stands cancelled. The formal transmission of the unhappy tidings from Moscow to New Delhi followed after a time-lag of 36 hours.

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