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Third Force in South Africa

its rural industry has resulted in 95 per cent of all Thai men having slept with prostitutes; 5,00,000 Thais, i e, almost 1 per cent of its population are affected with AIDS. This is spreading through Cambodia and Laos via Burma to the north-east of India and, as a part of other types of global linkages will soon join up with the scores of villages in India. Projections for the year 2000 show AIDS being reduced from 17 per cent to 10 per cent in industrialised nations but increasing from 5 percent to 25 per cent in south and south-east Asia. Let it be clearly and unequivocally understood that as a result of these policies, unemployment and AIDS will go hand in hand as the most deadly diseases of the next decade. It is by no means far-fetched to assert that this has a direct link with the Tapid destruction of the productive, employment-oriented industries of rural India and will force our rural people to prostitution, starvation or suicide. A grim choice indeed in a world where multinational consumerism claims to offer the consumer a greater freedom of choice.

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