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Fateful Decision

Fateful Decision Romesh Thapar IF debates are a pointer to the condition of a people, you would imagine that our India has only esoteric problems to think of. While in Raipur (Madhya Pradesh) a Jain religious head is sought to be 'disciplined' by revanchist, orthodox Hindus, the Capital has been in the throes of a variety of competing spiritual demonstrations. Meanwhile, a veritable storm is sought to be kindled over the remarks of a talkative deputy Defence Minister who thought he would get a headline by declaring that Pakistan would attempt an 'Israeli-type' attack on India: a motley crowd of retired military men, faded bureaucrats and would-be academics, and professors of the international scene thought they would do a little lobbying for 'a new defence policy' following US military aid to Pakistani As a punctuation mark, we have the melodrama now developing over the 'alleged death' of Subhas Chandra Bose and the 'alleged murder of Lai Bahadur Shastri. Obviously, the politics of manipulation require these side-shows or we would become dull girls and boys ...

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