The Press: Fish Story

Although relations between India and Pakistan have greatly improved, each country is still quick to take offense at criticism by its neighbor's press. Last fortnight India's New Delhi-Calcutta Statesman (circ. 80,000) ran a report about poisoned fish in the rivers of East Bengal, now part of Pakistan. Said the Statesman: "We hear [that] 75% of the [East Bengal] population have .. . ceased to take fish for fear of being poisoned and are meanwhile doing poojah [prayers] to their gods to see if haply this scourge may be removed. We should be more pleased to hear that some prompt steps had...

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