Monday, October 10, 2005

Zingoism - NAAHH!!!!
POST SCRIPT: This Mail was attributed to "MR.Vijay Kranti Dean - IIT Madras" However it turned to be a hoax. However the views hold good still

In the middle of 1965 India-Pakistan war, US govt - then a close friend of
Pakistan - threatened India with stopping food-aid (remember "PL-480"?).
For a food deficient India this threat was serious and humiliating. So much
so that in the middle of war, Prime Minister (Late) Lal Bahadur Shastri
went to Ram Leela Grounds in Delhi and appealed to each Indian to observe
one-meal-fast every week to answer the American threat. As a school boy, I
joined those millions who responded to Shastri ji's call. I continued the
fast even when the war was over and India became self sufficient in food.
Hurt deep by the national humiliation suffered at the hands of the US govt,
I had vowed to stop my weekly fast only when India starts giving aid to USA.
It took just 40 years. Last week THE day arrived. When Indian ambassador in
Washington DC handed over a cheque of US$ 50 million to the US govt, two
plane loads of food, medical aid and other relief materials were waiting to
fly to the USA. Time to break the fast? With no bad feeling about the USA,
and good wishes for the Katrina victims, this humble Indian feels proud of
the distance India has covered in 40 years. Let's celebrate a New India!"

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