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Early Death

Early Death Nireekshak FOLLOW-UP is not only an essential part of an active newspapers functions, it often makes really big news and even yields scoops. Continuity is important. If a story has excited the readers' interest, indignation or conscience for one day or more, it may be worth keeping alive, especially if limitations of deadlines or communications made it possible to tell only half the story when it first broke. This not only keeps faith with readers, and with those whom the story affects

Sorry, No Deal

Shuffles and Reshuffles Romesh Thapar WHATEVER the obsessions, relevant or irrelevant, which possess the politicians of this subcontinent in the course of the next few years, the Simla Summit will have wide and profound repercussions. But, for the moment, the scene is shifting rapidly to the less dramatic business of getting the old country moving from Delhi. The expectation is that the new orientation in the implementation of Congress policies will begin, in fact, with the reshuffle which is to take place almost immediately.

Spare the Rod

promised to sponsor Bangladesh's admission to the UN and all its specialised agencies. Soon after the independence of Bangladesh, Malaysian students who were earlier studying there on Pakistani scholarships and who had left the country during the fighting, began returning to this new country to complete their courses. Had the Malaysian Government not encouraged them to return they would have gone elsewhere to complete their studies. Malaysia has also promised to send two rubber experts to Bangladesh to help it develop rubber plantations. Under Pakistan, a few rubber plantations were started in Rangamati and Chittagong areas. Bangladesh intends to bring more area under rubber and Malaysia has offered it help in doing so. The two countries have also decided to cooperate in the field of jute and rice technologies. Malaysia had earlier decided to nominate its ambassador to Rangoon to be its concurrent High Commissioner to Bangladesh. Bangladesh, it appears, was not happy with that and has asked for the appointment of a separate Malaysian High Commissioner to Dacca.

With an Eye to Headlines

With an Eye to Headlines Nireekshak THE late President of France, Charles de Gaulle, in his book "Memoirs of Hope" refers to journalists as "people whose sensitivity to human values if blunted by their profession, whose judgments make no impression unless they are caustic, and who often, with in eye to headlines, circulation, sensation, hope to have failures rather than successes to report". Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's view of the Press must be somewhat similar. Like de Gaulle, she has discovered "that all the political, professional and journalistic vested interests added together did not express the will of the people". Also like de Gaulle, she seems to be developing a sort of contempt for journalistic scepticism and occasional opportunism. This is indicated by her scant regard for newspaper criticism, be it on the Nagarwala episode, the so- called election poster scandal, or the small car project.

From the Enemy Camp

nor distribution, the blame is not of economic theory or Harvard advisers, but of the socio-political elite in these countries, which has inherited not only the vice-regal palaces but also the REPORTING war, from the enemy camp is the latest breakthrough in the profession. Unthinkable till recently, an American journalist Anthony Lewis of New York Times is reporting the Vietnam war from Hanoi. When his first despatch with the Hanoi dateline appeared in the United States, Henry Luce's Time commented: "It was a sight not seen for many years in a US newspaper.'' Somewhat similar was the reaction in this country when Times of India reproduced Lewis's despatch on its editorial page, by courtesy of New York Times. Many were surprised that it was passible for an American newsman to cover war from a hostile territory.

Prime Ministerial Pep-Talk

amazing swiftness, splitting the Saigon forces and wiping out one position after another.
The tactic of mobile defence by tanks and infantry has also proved ineffective. At the Dong Ha-Quang Tri defence complex, the US command had deployed a big defensive force inside heavily-guarded strongholds and also organised .strong mobile units of tanks and infantry. Saigon troops were stationed at one place in daytime and at another at night. Such a mobile defence outfit was usually made up of electrically detonated mine fields on the outer perimeter, a row of tanks and finally infantry troops.

Little Investigation, Loud Comment

"When a movement becomes unsuccessful, it is called terrorism. When it succeeds, it becomes a liberation movement, a revolution.'' The only paper which has succeeded in pushing such statements through at times has been Attha (Truth) published by the Communist Party, which is one of the constituent partners of the UF, The paper entitles itself 'the daily of the United Front' but manages to maintain more than a critical stance towards the UF governments performance. This has earned it the approval of the 'radicals' of the CP, while the 'power elite of the party considers its views to be too 'far-fetched'.

Barred from Murree

been paid) to Highway 13 from Chon Thanh downwards to Saigon, because abandoning it would only mean allowing the war to reach the Capital. Today (April 25), the government dropped 4,000 paratroopers behind the Viet Cong lines to help break the siege of An Loc.

Era of Trade Unionism

a million expeditionary troops in South Vietnam. In that the US had suffered defeats. Today with most US troops gone from Vietnam, how can the same kind of air war or war of destruction succeed?

Usually Timid, Occasionally Tenacious

Sino-Mongolian border is now shoulder- ed by three powerful military regions, with their centres a considerable distance from the Mongolian frontier.


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