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What Brezhnev Did Not Get G P D IN spite of the tremendous publicity built up Brezhnev's pilgrimage to Ja- waharlal Nehru's and Indira Gandhi's India was a rather tame affair. He does not seem to have persuaded the lady to believe what he had to say on most matters except of course of them Soviet Union's "particular liking for Shreemati Indira Gandhi, that out standing political and state figure of contemporary Asia". One does not know if he made any impact on Indira Gandhi by saying this; perhaps not because literally thousands of sychop- hants are telling this truth to her anyway. It would make some difference naturally that this assessment has come from a man who is head of the first socialist state in history. Beyond giving this certificate of outstanding behaviour he achieved very little of consequence on this trip to Delhi, Brezhnev was here seven years after his last trip. Those were different times. Indira Gandhi was a confident political leader, all sure of herself. The Bangladesh affair was not yet forgotten. India appeared to be supreme in South Asia. The domestic front was reasonably quiet. The pic- ture has changed. The lady seems to have lost her magic touch. Every new day brings a new story, indeed scores of them, which underline the basic fact of our politics today, namely, the ruling elite talks nonsense and presides over new chaos. Repression is the only answer to problems this government knows of. It was an American privilege, one would have thought, to compliment generously leaders who have nothing more than anti-people policies to show as their achievement. The Soviets seem to have learnt the game. They have, in fact, outdone their teachers! It is not known what Brezhnev advised the CPI delegation which met him in Delhi. The socialist countries are given to recommending their foreign policy line as the ideal revolutionary line to other communist parties. In this particular case the Soviets have done it once before. It is not known if Brezhnev's realisation of the outstanding qualities of Indira Gandhi was also passed on to Rajeshwar Rao and Bhupesh Gupta who met him. Availa-

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