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Brahmins and Sinners

how it behaved, the Congress could never even hope to emerge as a worth- while challenger. The belief was that the decline of the Congress would be a continuous and accelerating process. This was coupled with the belief that the lack of solidarity among the constituents of the United Front would be more than compensated for by wrang- lings within the Congress as also between the Congress and the Kerala Congress. Consequently the necessary effort was not made to close ranks nor to campaign with full vigour. It came as a surprise to many of the leaders of the United Front when about 75 per cent of the electorate went to the polls. The campaign, in general, had been dull with a poor turnout for meetings and the like.

Reddy the Redeless

Reddy the Redeless Nireekshak IF it was Statesman which went to all the trouble of sending a correspondent to Kanchkacherla to inquire into the lynching of a Harijan youth, credit should go to Patriot for drawing attention to the alleged remark of Andhra Food Minister Thimma Reddy that "Harijans normally thieve all kinds of things in villages and such fellows cannot but be kicked''. Very rightly the Press and Parliament took serious notice of this outrageous statement. The daily press fully reported the uproar in Parliament and the demand that th-e offending Minister be sacked. Patriot kept the pot boiling by publishing, on page one, a three column picture of Andhra's Chief Minister Brahmananda Reddy saying that the whole thing was "malicious", though he never quite explained why anyone should bear malice against his Food Minister. The important aspect of this news story is that the Press and the peoples' representatives have shown welcome awareness of the plight of Harijans. This awareness may fizzle out in course of time, if the Press does not take adequate notice of the proceedings of the court which is trying the three men charged with setting fire to the clothes of the Harijan youth. Will PTI, which is so good at filing perennial reports of Ministerial speeches, consider it worthwhile to send its man to cover the Kanchkacherla trial?

Crime and Reward

turing costs. The survey has also recommended procurement and stocking of essential raw materials and their supply at commercial prices to export industries and larger rebates on power used by industries.

Elephantiasis in Delhi

given an equal role to the Slovaks in the economy and administration of the country. After three stormy meetings of the Central Committee, Novotny was finally relieved of the post of First Secretary in the beginning of last January and was replaced by Alexander Dubcek.

Murdered Harijans and Stolen Gods

Bhosari industrial area; (9) building of an overbridge at Chinchwad, and so on. The industrialists' other demands relate to postal facilities, water supply, bus service, power supply, industrial housing and roads. There is even a demand for supply of sugar at 'controlled' rates to the canteens of the industrial units.

Under the Mahatma s Statue

ASSAM Non Progress on All Fronts THE deadlock over reorganisation of the State is not yet resolved. The all- party talks have ended inconclusively, and the political situation remains indeterminate. The plains people are still opposed to the giving of any effective autonomy to the hills areas, where underground activities have started again.

About Our Authors

' About Our Authors ' Nireekshak THERE is much to be said for the practice of a newspaper introducing its authors to readers, particularly when the article is of a specialised nature and readers would like to know the author's credentials for writing on the subject. Occasionally, however introductions can be misleading.

Hangmen and the Yogi

Singh, has put forward the common- sense view that geographical proximity rules out the deployment of nuclear warheads against us. The threat, according to him, is still with conventional weapons, and against this the proposed guarantee will be useless. We have either to rely on our own defence potential or fall back on the collective security provisions of the UN Charter, Those who deem these provisions to be merely on paper cannot take the proposed guarantee seriously either, because the guarantee is tied in with the Charter.

Comedy of Terror

over the State, has created a situation similar to what had led to the burst-up against P C Sen's Government in February-March 1966. Even if the exhaustion of the Left parties as a result of the three months of continuous engagements acts as a damper, nothing can insure the State against sporadic explosions if the sufferings of the rural people arc not soon ameliorated.

Rejected Transplants

Rejected Transplants Nireekshak SOME exceedingly banal reporting of the marriage of the Prime Ministers son, reams of verbiage on UNCTAD and one world scoop by Times of India on the heart transplant operation carried out by Dr P K Sen at the KEM Hospital in Bombay mark the passage of one more week in the Indian press. There had been rumours two days before the hush-hush heart operation that something of the kind was in the offing; yet only Times of India carried the scoop. The paper did a good follow- up on the story, but there was no attempt by anyone to check on the donor and the recepicnt of the transplanted heart. Dr Sen's operation was taken note of by Time which conceded that the Indian surgeon's technique differed from those of other surgeons elsewhere who had attempted heart transplantations. There was considerable editorial comment in the Indian press. Tribune thought that "the occasion no doubt calls for congratulations and some pride also, for the country badly needs success stories'. Hindu commended, by implication, the reticence of the Indian doctor in releasing information on the operation, even while praising the achievement. But it warned that Indian surgeons "should think twice before attempting heart transplants'' because, on Dr Sen's own admission to Times of India he needed "better facilities for operations, better equipment and better drugs". But Hindustan Times thought that the Indian achievement was "all the more remarkable for being performed with equipment and facilities that were no more specialised than those required for other transplant operations", DELHI IS FAR AWAY Coverage of Rajiv Gandhi's marriage reached no great' heights. Hindustan Times gave columns of space to some very juvenile reporting by 'Onlooker'. And Times of India published a radio- photo of the wedding ceremony a good 48 hours after it was all over! This was explained by a story in Hindustan Times which said that it often takes longer for a Delhi newspaper to get a radio picture from Calcutta, .Bombay or Madras than from London. The delay, according to the paper, was "due to non-availability of telephone channels for transmission of radio pictures", Britain's chicanery in rushing its Immigration Bill through, understandably came in for harsh comment in the Indian press, notably in Indian Express and Hindustan Times. "Perfidious Albion" said an editorial in the latter, which rhetorically asked; "What is the British Government's plighted word worth?" The paper also carried a report from its London correspondent, V R Bhatt, about the fate that awaited an Indian bus conductor in Oxford when he was promoted inspector. The threats he had to face from racists and the actual assault on him became the subject of some animated discussion in the House of Commons but. except for a brief report from Cowley in Statesman, no other paper seems to have thought it worth its while to notice the incident. Racism in Britain is evidently coming to be accepted as normal! A TIME TO CROW The Kutch Award naturally got much play, but no one, with the possible exception of Tribune, tried to find out how the Pakistani press handled the event. Berindranaths article on the subject in Tribune, therefore, made interesting reading. Ignoring completely the fact that the Tribunal had unanimously rejected 90 per cent of Pakistan's claim, the Pakistan press has been interpreting the Award to mean that India had no legs to stand on once it came to deciding matters on the basis of law and justice. Interestingly, Rawalpindi has been remarkably moderate in its reaction to the dissenting judgment of the Yugoslav judge, the Indian nominee on the Tribunal. This is no doubt dictated by the desire not to offend Yugoslavia.

Advice and Dissent

Advice and Dissent Nireekshak IT is difficult to believe that the Hindu could ever clash with the powers that be. But it has happened. The Hindu, it would seem, published a comment made by C Subramaniam, President of the Tamilnad Congress Committee, to the effect that the official language resolution adopted by the Madras Legislative Assembly was "the biggest political fraud". The matter engaged the attention of the Assembly which adopted a motion moved by a DMK member authorising the Speaker to give "show cause" notices to Subramaniam and the publisher of the Hindu asking them why they should not be held to have committed contempt of the House. The Hindu, quite surprisingly, got tangled also with the Union Government. The paper published a report from Madras saying that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had discouraged visits to South India by delegates to UNCTAD and by foreign correspondents covering the conference. So taut are nerves in Delhi these days that one Congress MP imputed motives to the Hindu for publishing the report. lt\ the Rajya Sabha, K K Shah, the Information Minister, was moved to say that there was no truth at all in the Hindu's allegation. It must have been a rather trying week for the distinguished daily from Madras.


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