The “Big Three” nuclear tests ban talks, re-started only on March 21, have reached “complete stalemate”, the Soviet delegate, Mr. Semyon Tsarapkin, said in Geneva on March 22. The same old snag is responsible – international inspection as desired by the West, but rejected as “espionage” by the Soviet Union.
China's “Old Mentality”
Mrs. Pearl Buck, well-known American writer and Nobel Prize winner, who has spent a number of years in China, stated at a Press conference in New Delhi on March 22, that the Chinese claim to parts of Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan revealed that China was still not modern in her thinking. Mrs. Pearl Buck said that the Chinese occupation of Tibet was aggression to a modern mind but an ancient mind would accept it as Tibet was considered by the Chinese to be part of her suzerainty which extended to many countries in the past. The Chinese felt that all these countries which were hers in the past should come back to her now. This mentality was too old and belonged to another age. But she did not think that the Chinese mind could become modern in a short period. Mrs. Pearl Buck said that the purpose of her present visit to this country was three-fold. First she wanted to see India after independence and secondly she was invited by her Tibetan friends to visit the Tibetan Centre in New Delhi. She also wanted to explore the possibility of producing a film in New Delhi on an Indian story by an Indian writer. An American producer Mr. Daniel Tad was accompanying her for this purpose.
Tamil studies in Chicago
Prof. T.P. Meenakshisundaram, Professor of Linguistics and Tamil at the Annamalai University, who has been invited by the Chicago University to inaugurate their Department's Tamil studies, left for Delhi on March 22, en route to the U.S. Prof. Meenakshisundaram will be the visiting Professor of Tamil literature and Language at the Chicago University between March 26 and June 9, 1962, during which period he will deliver a series of ten lectures on the history of Tamil literature and another ten lectures on the history of the Tamil language.