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From 50 Years Ago: Fruitless Errand

Vol VI, No 24 june 12, 1971

Fruitless Errand

In the midst of the thousands of refugees pouring into India every day, it may not be exactly comforting to know of “the coincidence of points of view of India and the Soviet Union on all major international problems”. But evidently Foreign Minister Sardar Swaran Singh, who visited Moscow from June 6 to 8, does feel comforted.
In his talks in Moscow, the joint communique tells us, he was concerned that peace should prevail in the Middle East, that racialism and apartheid should disappear from parts of Africa, that the war in Indo–China should be brought to a speedy end, and so on. Nor was our Foreign Minister totally unaware of the situation nearer home. While in Moscow, the joint communique continues, Swaran Singh “also discussed the serious situation created by the continuing stream of millions of refugees from East Pakistan coming into the adjoining States of India” (emphasis added). The coincidence of views does not seem to have extended to this problem, but then it is a small matter. The important thing is that both Soviet Union and India “consider it imperative for immediate measures to be taken in East Pakistan which would ensure the stoppage of the influx of refugees from East Pakistan”.

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