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Understand the Emigre

Emigre THE EMIGRE needs neither sympathy nor pity (Ashok Rudra, October 8); what he needs is to be understood. In describing his unfortunate experience in India ("A Passage from India'', October 1), the emigre was not soliciting sympathy, but drawing pointed attention to the reasons why so many highly-qualified scientists, engineers and economists decide to stay and work abroad. What was the emigre's experience? He came to India with the offer of a job virtually in his pocket only to find those who had made the offer go back on it. He tried elsewhere, but in vain. So six months after he landed in the country he was still without a job. Does it show any special lack of affection for the country that, after this, the emigre felt frustrated and decided to go back? How many of those whose badge of patriotism is that they remain in this country will pay a higher price for their love of India, if they had attractive opportunities waiting for them outside?

Company Law Board

October 15, 1966 tical pressure for the enrichment of particular groups in the economy. It is inherent in the socialist system that power resulting from all activity, political and economic, tends to concentrate in the hands of the government. The theory is that the government has no vested interests and will therefore use this power for the welfare of the people, but in practice it can so happen that the government itself develops a vested interest of petty bureaucrats who are more concerned with keeping the fruits of power for themselves. It is in this context that the Swatantra Party opposes the expansion of the public sector. It believes that the Government must not enter into every area of activity or take over all levers of power, political, economic and social. For the nature of sovereign power is such that once acquired it is hard to divest.

Pity the Emigre

too rancourous. Some agreement has been reached on a fair number of constituencies but there is a large area of dispute as well. Attempts are going on to evolve some formula to provide the framework for decision in the disputed constituencies. The two parties, along with all other non-Congress groups, are working at the moment for Andhra Bundh, some time in the third week of this month. If this even partially suc ceeds it will enormously help the chances of electoral unity.

Relative Cost of Gold Imports Through Official and Non-Official Channels

September 17, 1966 attention to manpower training and adequate study of market and demand trends, in other words, planning and management decisions- Raising prices now and then as the truck manufacturers have been allowed to do is like putting a expensive fresh coat of paint on a derelict vehicle. The folly of permitting the manufacture of passenger cars by three units has been obvious for some time. It is not generally realised that we are repeating the error in trucks. There are four producers of large trucks, Telco, Leyland, Hindusthan and Premier, of whom only the first two have justified the resources allocated to them, and five producers of one- tonners, Premier, Standard, Simpson (yet to go into production), Mahin- dra and Bajaj (three-wheelers), of whom only the last two are worthy of confidence and Premier's Dodge power wagon is just passable.

Intellectuals and Public Affairs

It is one thing for intellectuals not to mix into the normal hub of politics, but it is quite another to permit this rapid descent into blackness which is taking away all the most precious gifts of a decent society. One of the most precious gifts is individual freedom. It is therefore appalling to hear every day of men being robbed of their personal and political freedom in the name of the State, but it is even more frightening that no intellectuals are raising their voice in protest, in dissent, against a government policy which is a deliberate misuse of the normal safeguards against an excess of civil liberty. The latest arrests in Gujarat are just one more example of the arbitrary and peremptory methods that the Government has begun to employ, to be rid of elements which it considers undesirable.


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