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Looking Back at the Indo–Soviet Treaty

The Indo–Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation was signed in August 1971, 50 years ago. Significance of the treaty in its own time is explained along with the contemporary relevance of its underlying motives for a vision of a plural, multipolar world.

Vietnam's Experience with Hybrid Rice

Vietnam is the only country in the humid tropics in Asia where the rate of hybrid rice adoption has been growing. What are the distinct factors responsible for this unique development in hybrid rice R and D in Vietnam - which has similar agro ecological, political, socio-economic and institutional features as China? Would hybrid rice adoption be sustained in the long run in Vietnam? This paper reviews the development of hybrid rice in the country in the context of the development of the overall rice economy. It reports the findings of a sample farm household survey on the profitability of cultivating hybrid rice over the inbred high-yielding varieties.

A Vietnam Diary

America has not disappeared from the Vietnamese memory screen. There are two Americas in Vietnam. One, an America which they vanquished and the other an America which is a possible new ally, at least a friendly power which might make a useful contribution to the economic reconstruction in Vietnam.

Afghanistan and the Vietnam Syndrome

Despite public support to root out the al Qaida network and depose the Taliban, the Bush administration will be mistaken if it believes that the Vietnam syndrome - a public aversion to unnecessary foreign adventures - is obsolete. The degree of domestic dissent will depend on how carefully the US conducts its Afghan operations.

Vietnam: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

After several decades of war and economic and social dislocation, Vietnam began to gradually return to normalcy in the mid-1980s by adopting a series of economic and institutional reforms. Because of the 'stop-start' character of the reform process, the Communist Party of Vietnam is facing significant challenges in the process of transition. The Ninth National Party Congress, held in April 2001, produced as much chaos as cohesion. The dilemma of Vietnam's political leadership is obvious and at least until it is able to make the right choice in the areas of economy and governance, the party will continue to play an influential role in state affairs.

Atrophy of Conscience

The Government which Indira Priyadarshini adorns, dependent as it is on American food and aid, feels that it can stir itself only up to a point. The moral problem which Vietnam poses is therefore pushed aside. Our Prime Minister cannot proceed beyond the cautious meanderings of early July, and even those were influenced by the extrashort term realpolitik of her visit to three countries of which two are non-aligned and the third belongs to the other bloc. In particular, the last country happened to be the Soviet Union, on which too we depend for the supply of victuals — military as well as economic. Before and since the visit, our official voice has been and is mute. Matter has triumphed over mind.  

Swimming Pools, Storm-troopers and Black Power

SUMMER brings music festivals, and it brings violence in the backyards of American cities. The ghetto riots of last month in Chicago's infernal West Side slums may of course be described as 'one of those things, because their frequency has by now tarnished their novelty.

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