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From 50 Years Ago: Emerging Afro-Asia


Editorial from Volume XIV, Nos 28, 29 & 30, July 1962.


The Afro-Asian group of nations has emerged as a force to contend with in the forum of United Nations. This position they have attained not because they are homogeneous in terms of culture, race or anything. On the contrary, they are widely dispersed geographically and, stemming largely from their historical past and the circumstances in which they gained freedom, their political development and cohesion vary widely. Even their economic problems are often quite different though all of them have almost the same degree of poverty and suffer from economic stagnation. It is this poverty and the common desire to come out of it by collective effort, and above all their determination for this very reason to keep out of too much involvement with either of the cold war blocs which bring them together and maintain some sort of cohesion among them in the deliberations of the United Nations…

India must look to Afro-Asia for strengthening and widening her foreign economic relations. For this she will need a firm political base to operate from, and a properly designed economic strategy. Free India has held fast to neutrality and has not deviated from it even under the most trying circumstances. Despite many failures, she has also been persevering in her pursuit of economic development on socialistic lines. This is what casts India in the role of a bridge-builder between the emergent nations of Africa and South East Asia, who share the same faith in neutrality and socialism…Afro-Asian political cohesion will need an economic frame to the erection of which India can contribute so effectively.

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