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The Bullock-Cart and the Bomb

 to a few people's head, and that was that. The surrender of Generals Niazi and Farman Ali was a low-cost victory; through an odd causation, it was assumed that managing the economy could be made an equally effortless, painless venture. Economic development was accordingly made a function of manipulative politics. It is perhaps largely because, during the past two years, the glory of Bangladesh was considered substantive enough to take care of all the follies committed subsequent to 1962 that we have now arrived where we have : sans a code of principles, sans policy, sans integrity, sans even an ordinary roster of decency. What .greater irony could then be than the possibility that each of these, once you track it down to its source, is on account of the meanderings of the Central Intelligence Agency? The Agency could not do any harm at all to that erstwhile enemy, China, but certainly succeeded beyond expectations, to turn however unintentionally, the once comfortably placed India into a shabby, amoral, panhandling wretch of a nation.

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