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Legend and Fact

October 14, 1967 Who is Letting Down UN? THE ADMONITION by the British Foreign Secretary, George Brown, to members of the United Nations that, they must remedy the weaknesses of the organisation without delay if they hoped to avoid the dangers overhanging the world must surely get the cake for the most fatuous observation of the season. The United Nations is what the Big Powers make of it, and Brown can hardly point an accusing finger at unnamed members of the UN, when the United Kingdom, along with other permanent members of the Security Council, has been signally guilty of letting down the world body in its most trying moments.

Possibilities, Pummellings and Paralysis

Possibilities, Pummellings and Paralysis Romesh Thapar GIVE Gulzarilal Nanda any job to do and he almost invariably ends up in a mess

On the Edge of Decision

September 30, 1967 vantage is that domestic cloth sales are reasonably stable, though fluctuations in trade inventory make a large impact on mill finances. Thanks largely to poor manage, ment, the industry always faces crises of one sort or other. Closures are frequent and distress to labour is fairly widespread. United India is the most notable example of bad management, but. there are many other less prominent mills which the Government has been compelled to take over, for operation as social welfare schemes. Very often, labour accepts substantial cuts in wages to make this possible.

Surf-riding

scientists of today will be particularly handicapped if they are cut off from the mainstream of knowledge in their subject. One could go further and even question the very pedagogical basis of the argument that favours the mother-tongue for the teaching and learning of technology and pure sciences.

To Lead or to Be Led

conclusion to be drawn from the sudden resignation of Foreign Minister Chagla on the education-cum- language policy adopted by the Union Cabinet, it is this: the confidence and respect enjoyed by Indira Gandhi in South India have been seriously eroded. The lack of effort to convince Chagla that he was reading too much into the Cabinet decisions, and Education Minister Triguna Sen's inept attempt to pretend that no decision had been taken, has created the sort of mystery which aggravates fears about the activities of the Hindi hawks'.

Getting Back into Context

Getting Back into Context Romesh Thapar SELDOM are we able to gloat over such a generous monsoon

This 'Ticketeering' Phase

We hear a great deal these days about our glorious past — and our bright future. But what of the ghastly present!' This pungent statement by a once prominent member of the Establishment on the conclusion of the recent session of Parliament has more relevance than one would at first surmise. The ruling party appears much bruised and battered to anyone who bothers to read the newspapers. Indeed, the punishment seems to have created the feeling that, notwithstanding the Congress's mechanical majority the attack of the Opposition will be even more forcefully pressed home in November during the 'lame duck session'.

The Follow-Up

Within a few days, even before these lines appear in print, Parliament will have adjourned, and MP; newly educated in the intricacies of privilege motions and character assasination, will be in the thick of the chase for election tickets, the debate on manifestos, the jousting and sparring over who is leader and who is not.

The Rolling Crisis

Since the last 'viewing', the debate on scandals has moved from the firm of Aminchand Pyarelal to the doings of Dr Dharma Teja and his Jayanti Shipping Company.

These PAC-PUC Days

Two of the most potent political institutions of our parliamentary system of government — and until now among the most neglected — might well become the weapons for damaging grievously the democratic process. The Public Accounts Committee (described locally as 'the pack!) and the Public Undertakings Committee suddenly find themselves at the stormcentre of a major political offensive against the present government of Indira Gandhi.

The Twentieth Year

Apprehension, I think, is the word which captures the mood of this normally cynical city. It is a mood which develops because of all the unexpected non-conformist sort of things taking place in the Congress party, in Parliament and in the Government of India. What is more, nobody really knows what is happening, where exactly power is consolidating in the ruling party — or, for that matter, even in the hierarchy of the Left.

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