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From 50 Years Ago: Isolation of Super Powers

Vol III, No 35 August 31, 1968

CAPITAL VIEW

Isolation of Super Powers

Romesh Thapar

The pulverisation of the US attempt to turnVietnam into a kind of no-man’s-land bet­ween Communist China and South-East Asia, and the cynical violation of Czechoslovak sovereignty by the Soviet Union and its somewhat reluctant allies of the Warsaw Pact, have in the eyes of the world turned the super powers into frightening creations using their supposedly contradictory ideologies to clothe the pursuit of strictly national objectives. If USA earned the odium of the world in Vietnam, USSR has turned grave-digger of communist internationalism …

Delhi has been through torment of a kind not experienced before. Its reaction was full of ‘anguish’ because Delhi realised that, as on US aggression in Vietnam, it was powerless to act; it was stricken by its own dependence …

In this respect, it is the general opinion in the Capital that the Prime Minister … was able to rationalise our present dependence on the super powers despite the ‘indignation’ sought to be created by men who slept soundly when little Vietnam was being shattered by US soldiery. But the grim fact remains that, as onVietnam, so on Czechoslovakia, we feeldevalued, broken in spirit, enfeebled. There is little pride in the postures we adopt.

Updated On : 31st Aug, 2018

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