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Gandhi's Absolutes

on all concerned" even at the risk of some diplomatic embarrassment At some stage the facts must anyhow come to light. The Information Minister's reluctance to remit the question to the Press Council is another point which needs farther explanation. Reviewing "cases of foreign assistance ... to newspapers or news agencies ... including such cases as are referred to it by the Cen tral Government" is one of the tasks to which the Press Council is called under the Act, and the Government should have very strong reasons indeed to regard the matter as one concerning only itself. Could it be, as Tribune hinted, that the information in its possession reveals "cases of alleged assistance to certain papers which are the reigning favourites of the regime, from foreign countries to which the regime is equally favourably disposed"?

Gandhi on Social Conflict

Gandhi was not a mere visionary. In fact, there are some unrecognised similarities between the social philosophies of Gandhi and Marx. Both recognised social conflict as a fact. But in addition to conflict between capitalist and labourer, and landlord and cultivator, Gandhi recognised the conflict between village and city where the terms of trade offered for food and raw materials by the latter were exploitative.

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