By Ved Mehta
In the summertime of 1959 after ten years of research within the usa and nice Britain, Ved Mehta again to his domestic in India. This booklet is the delicate, fantastically written account of his exercise to re-identify himself first together with his relatives, then with the army and civil leaders of the Indian country.
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I ask the aide-de-camp what the cloak and dagger atmosphere indicates. "We have here a system of intercepting messages and breaking codes. There are strange inefficiencies in Pakis- day there was a broadcast from formations in Kashmir directing tan. Just the other Karachi to their change their position. The Pakistani signal operator shouted the coded message repeatedly but the reception was bad and the man at the receiving them to end didn't seem to understand very much. Finally, the signal operator blurted out, 'You mother sleeping sister sleeping!
Part of his family has newspapers. offices in which emigrated to Pakistan already, but so far he remains in India. His speech is fluent, his analysis keen. "The free India has treated us better than right to expect, but perhaps the we have any government has been too conciliatory and too judicious. While archaic Hindu laws on marriage and caste, for 22 Sitting on the Issues example, have been brought up to date, Muslim laws have been left untouched. Like the British, our government has been too am practices.
He says quizzically. " "What does that have to do with Kashmir? " By that time a shut door opens and I am led in to the chief. He sits down on a big sofa and talks about the dangers of military dictatorships. Pakistan, he tells me, is a military dictatorship, but India is different because the national army devoted to is Nehru's government. But danger is always there the officers, at present devoid of political ambition, Am I aware there is some conflict acquire it. between the political and military high command at this moment?