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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 5. May 24, 1951

This is to be Done

This is to be Done

The Colombo Plan envisages the expenditure of £1,868,000,000 in South East Asia over the next six years. No one can seriously doubt that India, Pakistan, Ceylon, Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo need and deserve as much help as we can give them. But what of Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia—are their needs any less?

The Report itself says: "It has described only economic problems of Commonwealth countries. It has not proved possible for these countries to discuss their economic problems, but it is hoped that this will be done later." It also has been said by another that Hell itself is paved with good intentions.

The plan then is totally unrealistic in attempting a solution for some and not all South Asian peoples.

Discounting this, the Plan superficially still seems a genuine attempt at ameliorating the harsh conditions which obtain at present.