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Presidential Politics

Presidential Politics THE CHOICE of the President has stirred up a controversy which will not be stilled till the final election results are out. The Opposition nominee, K Subba Rao, has wisely confined himself to a few words of explanation, inevitable, in the circumstances. His most distinguished critic, C Setalvad, a former Attorney-General, has himself been severely criticised by members of the Bar in several cities, notably Delhi and Bombay. But the controversy goes on.

High Hopes, Deep Disappointment

 Summing up the discussion on the decline in economic growth the Survey suggests that "the consequences of this series of vicious circles need not be exaggerated. .. Even without any deliberate policy or re-expansion of demand, economic activity in the United Kingdom should gradually pick up strength, The forecasts for the West German economy, after the recent mild shift in policy towards supporting rather than restraining demand indicate continued slow growth..." Southern Europe, containing Europe's less developed countries, i e, Greece, Spain, Turkey continue to expand their real output at over 8 per cent per year. Other countries like Italy, France. Norway and Sweden continued to grow at the normal pace, i e, 4 to 5 per cent. The major stimulus to re-expansion in both Italy and France seems to have come from accelerated private consumption and public expenditure.

Messy End of Consensus

Messy End of Consensus HARDLY any one of the principals involved in the matter of election of the President and Vice-President has come out untainted

Struck by C I A

THE CIA has been very much discussed for its alleged activities in India. But despite all the discussion in parliament and press, no hard evidence has been produced. "This country", said the National Herald angrily, but making a point that no one else had made, "has an intelligence organisation of its own and the public have a right to expect it to And out who is financed by whom".

Lament for the Economy

Now that Morarji Desai has settled down as Deputy Prime Minister and, more importantly, as Finance Minister with — apart from his sixteen point programme — apparently clear-cut ideas about what he wants and intends to do, his budget proposals in May will be awaited with great interest. With the economic situation being what it it and the stagnation in industry so evident, the interim budget has been closely scrutinised.

Crowded at the Top

 a State is as much internal cohesion as threats from the outside. If both are absent, the results, particularly when the economy is stagnating, are predictable.

Governor in the Dock

view cannot be regarded as important. They are Thakorbhai Desai and Gordhandas Chokhawala, who came into the Congress in 1920. They have remained true to the spirit and outlook of the nationalism of those days which cannot be called social- istic. But their nationalism has a wider social context and their understanding of independence meant not merely political but also social change. They are believers not in class conflict but in class collaboration; yet they can see class pressures and stand against them. By contrast, Hitendra Desai, Babubhai Patel and Jaswant Mehta came to the Congress in the 1930s. They are more acquainted with text-book socialism as an ideal and as a type of political and economic order. They might emphasise political action more than the 1920 Congressmen in the ministry. But there cannot be any conflict between the two groups. For, as distinguished from the anarchic Sarvodaya of the Vinoba Bhave brand, Thakorbhai Desai's type of Sarvodaya recognises the need for and the role of political action. Ideologically, the two groups may be expected to be more complementary than conflicting.

On Coalition Governments

On Coalition Governments INDIAN PRESS has a reputation for playing up foreign affairs both in the news and editorial columns. In recent months, however, there has been a healthy change in the opposite direction. Today the press is deeply involved with Indian affairs almost, it would seem, to the total exclusion of meaningful discussion of international problems, a fact which Lord Thompson deplored on the AIR this week.

The Shake-Up

The Shake-Up THE ELECTIONS, the election results and the problems arising from the defeat of the Congress in several States naturally received massive treatment in the Indian press. "Three Cheers for Democracy" cried the National Herald, the paper founded by Pandit Nehru, exultantly. "The People Speak" said the Lucknow Pioneer. "The Shake-Up" noted the Statesman.

Angles on the Election

the rest of the country. Undoubtedly there was enthusiasm in certain areas, leading frequently to unseemly conflicts. There were riots, stone- throwing and the rest of it, involving even the Prime Minister (although it is not quite clear why Indira Gandhi, out on an election cam- ELECTION week went off remarkably quietly

The Stone Age

since the price chargeable to the public is higher than that charge- able to Government agencies. The Government is sceptical about the industry's ability to meet the demand for cement once construction activity in the Fourth Plan really picks up. Even last year the supply position deteriorated around June and the industry has been asked to "ensure that at least during 1967 a similar situation does not arise".

Dust of the Election

February 11, 1967 Banks and separate currencies. Exchange control restrictions in Tanzania have been in existence for some time but they have now been extended to cover even transactions between the three East African states. This is likely to ailed adversely trade among the East African .slates and also between Tanzania and the rest of the world.


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