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Simple Question of Recognition

'Simple' Question of Recognition K P Karunakaran THERE is a lot of loose talk hi the country about the recognition of Bangla Desh. Very few of its champions are aware of the serious implications inherent in such a move. While some may he satisfied with the merely formal recognition of the revolutionary regime, others would like the Indian Government to go further and ensure that the military Government of Pakistan is ousted from East Bengal and the Bangla Desh Government is installed at Dacca. Many arguments have been put forward in favour of these steps, some of them based on humanitarian grounds. Many votaries of the policy of recognition by India focus their attention on the tremendous problems India is facing as a result of the influx of refugees; another group of people are happy at the prospect of weakening Pakistan. They hope this will lead to Pakistan's disintegration. This hope is not merely a hangover from the past; it is the result of the genuine belief that, a strong Pakistan will always create one problem or another for India. All these groups together strengthen the demand for recognition of Bangla Desh.

Kerala s New Coalition

amendment was lost by one against all the rest. By and large the habit of consensus and unanimity had reasserted itself.
The other resolution, on the role of the organisation in the implementation of the party's programmes, elicited far less enthusiasm from most delegates. Their attendance slumped and barring a few speeches the discussions were desultory, to say the least. There was much stress on the "weaker and poorer sections of society" and on the necessity of forming a "cadre-based" party but there seemed eagerness on all sides to hurry the resolution through as quickly as possible. It was resolved that there would be a camp at Chandigarh for training Congress workers"People's Co-operation Day'' observed on November Istep" towards acquaintingwith the programmes ofgress(R).

Governor, Chief Minister and Coalitions

October 17, 1970 rence must be made to the latest discussion on land reforms, occasioned by the Chief Ministers' conference and deliberations in the Congress(R) Working Committee. For, it is probably no accident that while most metropolitan newspapers urged further reforms and the speeding up of accepted ones, the provincial papers generally advised restraint! "Why this hurry?" asked Indian Nation. "The Centre has practically no stake in the matter. But the Chief Ministers, at least those among them who are far-sighted, know that the brunt of any ill-conceived measure on land will fall on them." Deccan Chronicle similarly said that "the Chief Ministers have quite rightly spoken against arbitrary and uniform downward revision of land ceilings... Far from bringing prosperity all round, it will only accentuate the disparity in wealth." Amrita Bazar Patrika, on the other hand, asked how it was that "the Congress High Command was unable to exert sufficient pressure even on the Congress Chief Ministers, who were among the most vocal opponents of lower land ceilings?... The Chief Ministers apparently did not show the expected sense of urgency even though it [land reform] is admittedly one of the most pressing problems before the country now".

Post-mortem with Pointless Prescriptions

Post-mortem with Pointless Prescriptions K P Karunakaran The Guilty Men of 1962 by D R Mankekar; published by Tulsi Shah Enterprises, Bombay, 1968, pp 184, price Rs 17.50.

Piety on Non-Alignment

change consist of rice, dried fish, cattle, goats, fowl, pigs, cloth and ornaments. The raw cotton is bought up by Marwari merchants to be shipped to Sirajganj, but Tura is the only place in which they have established shops." Trading in and pricing of goods are an important aspect of social activity; they define the relationship between the tribal and the non-tribal people in a very concrete way. Trade integrates as well as disintegrates.

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