ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Swadeshi Spirit

The Swadeshi Spirit Nireekshak HINDUSTAN Standard deserves congratulations on three counts: first, for serialising a chapter from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's book "Political Situation in Pakistan"; second, for providing a fuller account of Lard Mountbatten's Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture than other papers did; and, third, for giving extensive coverage to the exciting literary case in which Samarcsh Bose, a Bengali writer, is on trial for alleged obscenity in his best-selling novel "Prajapati". Bhutto's views are well known, but this is the first time that they have been fully formulated in a book which, says Standard, is banned in Pakistan. But apart from saying that the three-part serial is. a slightly abridged version of the first chapter of Bhutto's book, the paper vouchsafes no further information, say, about the publishers or even how the articles came to be offered to it. Nevertheless, the paper has done a public service in publishing the articles. Bhutto may be in jail now, but a term in jail is often the prelude to power in many countries. So it is important that India knows Bhutto's mind as fully as possible.

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