they are. The realities have also been dawning in various quarters, but much too slowly. After nine months, we are still not anywhere near reality.
Now, much has been said about the India-Soviet peace treaty, that it is a bond of slavery. Now, those who believe that a country like India today can be controlled and ruled by some other power, however powerful it is, are not lacking in erudition. They do not need erudition, but they need attention in some other field, Pakistan continues to represent that the elections and subsequent wiping out of their verdict by force was inevitable and because of the secessionist elements. Again, I shall leave it at that because we know the facts much too. ... I simply wish to make our position quite clear at this stage. We have made it clear before, but again I should read out formally a brief paragraph about our position:
“We have made our position perfectly clear and we shall adhere firmly to it, for what is at stake-perhaps it is difficult for others to” understand it-is our national security, is our entire social and economic fabric, and the complex of life of over 500 million people of India, and many others besides. We have faced aggression from a neighbor four times, and we are threatened again. The sizes of different countries have little relevance, for small powers can have powerful allies, expensive and efficient military machines, and strange ambitions. Added to this, we face the mortal danger through the annihilation of 75 million people at our doorstep. This cannot but fail to overwhelm us and we shall not tolerate it.”