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Much Ado about Perfidious America

Much Ado about Perfidious America Nireekshak WHAT with The New York Times and some other American newspapers choosing to print extracts from a Pentagon secret report on the origins of the Vietnam War, Swaran Singh's visit to New York and Washington and its shattering denouement in the disclosure, again first in The New York Times, of the secret American arms shipment to Pakistan, the 'land of hope and glory' has been much in the news. Indian correspondents stationed in Washington who had been writing flowing accounts of the 'success of the Foreign Minister's visit were all suddenly and most rudely compelled by the American Press to stop short in their tracks; they seem subsequently to have taken their cue from the Indian Ambassador who told a TV interview- et soon after the publication of the Times story on arms shipments, that his Government no longer knew what US assurances to believe and what not.

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