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Imperialism Of The Ngos

Cambodia is being recolonised by petty despots: mediocre, semi-skilled expatriates from the We s t

Imperialism Of The Ngos
Imperialism Of The Ngos
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INDO-CHINA is refreshingly civilised after the politically and environmentally polluted confines of New Delhi. After a month in that city, it was with a sense of pleasant anticipation that I stepped off my flight at Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia.

I was extremely conscious of the fact that Cambodia had been through ravages that no country or people should ever have to see. Had these ravages been repaired? What mark had they left? I was unprepared for, and shocked by, what I saw.

Cambodians are courteous, cosmopolitan and extremely literate in their dealings; there is none of the parochialism of India or Malaysia or the low-level consumerism that besets the "tigers". Yet, I got a distinct feeling of an overshadowing past, marked with the constant interf e rence of outsiders in the daily life and legitimate business of the local population. The ravages of the French, the Americans, the Vietnamese and the Chinese were very evident. Cambodia is blessed with a lovely climate; it is abundant in water and hydro-electric potential and has a...

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