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From 50 Years Ago (1 April 2006)

have achieved its purpose. It was both illu-superiority over Pakistan. India

FROM 50 YEARS AGO have achieved its purpose. It was both illu-superiority over Pakistan. India’s area and minating and informative. Some of the issues population entitle her to maintain this relative raised during the debate reflected the appre-military strength against Pakistan. There is a hensions entertained by even responsible distinct danger that military aid to Pakistan politicians about the grave implications of under the bilateral arrangement with America, Pakistan’s membership of SEATO and the as also under military pacts, tends to upset Baghdad Pact. Some of these issues have the power balance between the two countries

Vol VIII, No 13, March 31, 1956

been anticipated in the editorial columns of in this sub-continent. But informed persons

this paper. It is reassuring to note that both will concede that, with the possible exceptionDefence Problems the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister of the air arm, India’s defence strength still(Weekly Notes) are agreed that fears of external aggression retains its normal and natural superiority over

are exaggerated. Pakistan.

If the debate in Lok Sabha on defence No doubt, military pacts and military aid War between India and Pakistan is, as Pandit demands helps people to realise that poor to a ‘neighbouring country’ create complica-Nehru emphasised, unlikely. But there are countries like India and Pakistan cannot have tions for India. But alarmists need the re-some inherent dangers arising out of Pakistan’s both guns and butter at the same time, it will minder that India still enjoys a 3:1 military membership of SEATO and the Baghdad Pact.

Economic and Political Weekly April 1, 2006

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