You must be aware that the 'writer', Solomon Lazarus, represents someone of Jewish origin.
What possessed you to produce such a feature? It successfully follows the traditions of Nazi propaganda. How can this be reconciled with the stated spirit of your efforts to highlight the problems of all mankind in the developing countries?
I look forward to your comments. Your action must cause considerable annoyance to all fair-minded people and will adversely affect the plausibility of your aims.
Name and address supplied
Australian editor's reply:
The Conference Circuit
Presumably the letter from 'Solomon Lazarus' published in your November issue is a construct written to provide an example of the very worst of its type. The implications, in the field of World Development are, however, alarming.
The 'free holiday syndrome' is not unknown in the field of biological-medical research, of which I have some experience:-
'I shall be in Europe in July and I am sure your postgrads will want a seminar on my latest work. I guess your seminar fee is ... etc etc.'
I find it difficult to believe, however, that the most cynical manipulator of the Conference Circuit could write some of the things in the letter you published. If he did, he would never get another invitation!
If people purporting to work for Social Justice; re-distribution of wealth and equality of opportunity write like this and can get away with it without being black-balled from all future conferences, something desperately needs to be done.
I hope that the phenomenon of 'pushing the Conference Circuit' will die the death as a result of your November page 15.
Jacqueline Y Comben
The two roads look nothing alike - one constructed of dirt, gravel and wood, the other of pillars of concrete, spanning steep mountainsides down to the sea.
Was this a simple slip-up, one would like to know, or has the NI slipped into journalistic bad habits?
Person to Person
Dr M Daphne Hampson
No one has ever yet challenged successfully-and ever openly - the position put forward by Professor Charles Bettelheim in his book India Independent, on pages 368-9, 'underdeveloped' countries have only one means of ensuring a rapid economic development and that is to make a radical change in their social structures . . . private property and profit-seeking must not be allowed to limit the use of the country's resources. Changes must therefore be made towards socialism in the strictest sense of the term'.
W R Podmore
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Whitening the Sepulchre
Campbell's letter is also misleading in that he states the President of Bangladesh, Zia Rahman, was democratically elected. In the May 1977 Presidential referendum 85% of the electorate were reported to have voted - an astounding turnout as compared with the 1970 and 1973 elections (63% and 56% respectively). Of the total votes cast in 1977, 98.88% were reported to have been in favour of President Zia (33,234,752 out of a total of 33,609,869). President Zia said he was surprised by the results. Mashiur Rahman, leader of the National Awami Party, described the results as absurd. But Campbell accepts these fantastic figures as genuine.
Why should Oxfam believe that their own excellent work in Bangladesh can only survive by persistently whitening the Bangladesh sepulchre? My own programmes in Bangladesh were destroyed by the Government, after the assets had been looted by the Directorate of Social Welfare, basically because I was operating alone, without the support of a powerful organisation. So that, in order to expose the adoption racket, I had to accept that I would be deported. But Campbell's position is completely different.
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