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A Kathmandu Diary

A Kathmandu Diary A M IT is pure Kafka : wherever you go, whichever way you turn, never mind which poor country you are currently in, there is no escape from courses and seminars on economic development. The more the frequency of such courses, the less perhaps is the rate of economic growth in the country concerned. But such cynicism cannot deter the style of a world suffering from an excess supply of economists, quite a number amongst whom, on a fair guess, must also be moonlighting as espionage agents for this or that nation. The other day, at one such course catering to officials of the Nepalese government, there was an intense dabate over the motion: 'If I were not born in the heavenly Kingdom of Nepal, I would then rather be born in China than in India'. The motion failed to carry, but. just by the skin of the teeth: the verdict of the congregated bureaucrats was six for and seven against, with two abstentions. The minions of the Indian embassy, anxiously waiting in the wings, must have heaved a sigh which reverberated beyond Raxaul.

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