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Calcutta Diary

Calcutta Diary

The budget proposals have little to do with the processes of the Indian economy. So what, the criterion to apply is whether these please Washington, DC. True, the fiscal deficit could not be cut back, but the Americans are sensible people, they will reach an overall judgment on the budget on the basis of the ideological tilt it is bound to ensure.

It is a bit senile, the media are nonetheless cock-a-hoop over the budget proposals of the union finance minister. President Clinton’s visit to Pakistan could not be stopped despite all the hair-raising stories published in the Indian newspapers about nefarious misdoings on the part of the Inter-Services Intelligence. Therefore try another tack. The budget proposals have little to do with the processes of the Indian economy. So what, the criterion to apply is whether these will please Washington, DC. True, the fiscal deficit could not be cut back, but the Americans are sensible people, they will reach an overall judgment on the budget on the basis of the ideological tilt it is bound to ensure.

Bell-hoppers do not run the hostelry, the US administration has its own agenda. Its aim is to re-enact the 19th century with a vengeance. The script is well rehearsed. The rulers of India and Pakistan are serving chieftains who can be depended upon to quarrel amongst themselves round the year and over the decades. The historically assigned obligation of the imperial power is to teach the vassals to behave. Never mind its outrageousness, the general performance of the Indian media will still gladden the imperial heart. Of course, at this very moment, the Pakistan media are also behaving in a near-identical manner. Which is why it is so easy to write a standard textbook on the ethos of colonial behaviour: the Indian and Pakistani media will provide examples galore of vassal-esque conduct.

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