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A New Delhi Diary

A M AMORAL city, city which is a compendium of bargaining counters, a stockyard of all-too-transparent motives and manoeuvres. V K Krishna Menon had long become an unperson here; he ceased to embody power as many as a neat dozen years ago. His death, therefore, receives only a fleeting mention in the capital's newspapers. Priorities must be set right: the state of Bakhia's health hogs more space; and, have you heard, so-and-so had dinner with the Prime Minister last Saturday, something sensational must be about to break, Neo-colonialism, though, remains neocolonialism: the British and American papers really go to town and write long editorial pieces on Krishna Menon's life and political contributions; consternation in the capital; hasty amends have to be made; the newspapers, after an interval of a full forty- eight hours, take editorial cognisance of Menon the departed. But where is the scope for astonishment this cultural pattern is well-established: after all, New Delhi talks of a wage-price policy only when an Edward Heath or a Harold Wilson has already expiated on ft.

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