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Protecting Our Allowances

Protecting Our Allowances THE Indian press contingent, travelling to Jakarta on the prime minister's plane, perhaps felt an obligation to report the proceedings of the NAM conference whichever way South Block would like them to be reported. With one or two honourable exceptions, our journalists have stuck to the official briefings. Whether the nation's interests have thereby been optimally served remains an open question. In the fifties and the sixties, when India, the United Arab Republic and Yugoslavia provided in tandem the thrust of the non-aligned movement and a touch of sure-footedness marked the manner the have- not nations of the world bestirred themselves, vassal States like Pakistan, doing the marionette dance at the behest of John Foster Dulles, had a trying time; they could not quite opt out of the non-aligned club, they felt equally uncomfortable to belong to it. The once-formidable Republic of India is now in the same plight as Pakistan was in those now-seemingly-prehistoric days. Few at Jakarta bothered about our susceptibilities.

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