ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From 50 Years Ago: Time for Cool

Vol VI, No 46 november 13, 1971

Time for Cool

The Prime Minister is about to complete her three-week tour of six Western countries. Whatever might have been the calculations when the tour was planned, as it has turned out, the developments in East Bengal, the exodus of refugees into India and the mounting military tension between India and Pakistan have come to be at the centre of the Prime Minister’s talks with the leaders of the countries on her itinerary. It is difficult to say, on the basis of newspaper reports, what has been achieved by these talks. The Prime Minister is expected to give her own assessment to Parliament early in the winter session. Broadly, it might seem that, with one conspicuous exception, all the countries visited by her agree to a lesser or greater extent that, first, a political solution has to be sought for the situation in East Bengal; second, such a solution should come about through negotiations between the West Pakistan authorities and the leaders of the ‘democratically elected representatives of the people’ of East Bengal; third, military suppression of the East Bengalis by the Pakistan Government should end; fourth, arms supplies to the Pakistan Government would be suspended; and, fifth, the exodus of refugees into India has cast a heavy burden on India which needs to be shared by the international community.

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