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

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NORTH BENGAL- Unmoved by Tragedy

October 26, 1968 THE town and environs of Jalpaiguri constitute the corridor between Pakistan and Nepal, linking the rest of India with Assam, NEFA, Nagaland and Manipur Armed forces headed for the north-cast have to pass through this corridor which is strategic for stalling the advance of China from the northeast. Today this area is practically cut off from the rest of India; it has remained so for more than a week. The total death toll in the floods is now estimated at around 20,000. The visits paid to the area by Morarji Desai' Chavan and Jagjivan Ram have not done anything to mitigate the effects of the devastation. Many villages remain marooned to this day. Events both before and after the floods reflect poorly on the Government's capacity to safeguard so strategic an area.

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