INDIAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER SAYS INDIA MAY SUFFER SAME FATE AS SOVIET UNION -- [FROM INDIA-WEST, AUG. 7, 1998] (Extension of Remarks - October 02, 1998)

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HON. EDOLPHUS TOWNS

in the House of Representatives

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1998

[FROM INDIA-WEST, AUG. 7, 1998]

Pune (PTI): The leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sharad Pawar Aug. 2 expressed the fear that the country might go the erstwhile Soviet Union way unless concerted efforts are taken to strengthen its economy in the wake of international reaction to its carrying out nuclear tests.

Pawar was speaking at a function to release a book, `Hiroshima,' by noted Marathi writer D.B. Kher on the after effects of bomb explosion in Japan Aug. 6, 1945.

Pawar said though the erstwhile USSR was a nuclear power it collapsed, and added that India should not become over-confident after the Pokhran-II tests.

He said India should also be very vigilant as the economy of Pakistan was in the doldrums. It might take any dangerous step out of frustration. `We should not forget the fact that Pakistan had a history of aggression against India and hence we should be on guard,' he said.

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