Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (New Cold by Tanya Harmer

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By Tanya Harmer

Fidel Castro defined Salvador Allende's democratic election as president of Chile in 1970 because the most vital progressive triumph in Latin the US after the Cuban revolution. but celebrations have been brief lived. In Washington, the Nixon management vowed to wreck Allende's left-wing executive whereas Chilean competition forces mobilized opposed to him. the end result was once a conflict for Chile that resulted in 1973 with a right-wing army coup and a brutal dictatorship lasting approximately two decades.

Tanya Harmer argues that this conflict was once a part of a dynamic inter-American chilly struggle fight to figure out Latin America's destiny, formed extra through the competition among Cuba, Chile, the U.S., and Brazil than through a clash among Moscow and Washington. Drawing on firsthand interviews and lately declassified files from records in North the US, Europe, and South America--including Chile's international Ministry Archive--Harmer presents the main finished account thus far of Cuban involvement in Latin the US within the early Nineteen Seventies, Chilean overseas kin in the course of Allende's presidency, Brazil's help for counterrevolution within the Southern Cone, and the Nixon administration's Latin American guidelines. The chilly battle within the Americas, Harmer finds, is better understood as a multidimensional fight, concerning peoples and concepts from around the hemisphere.

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The second was when he returned. ‘Your assessment was more or less correct,’ he said. ‘Then, Kathwari Saheb, you owe it to the Kashmiris to say what you’re telling me,’ I said. ‘Telling me is of no use. Why don’t you write about it? Why don’t you say it? ’ Kathwari asked. ‘We talked about autonomy,’ I said. ’ And Kathwari began using the term ‘self-rule’. It was the first time I heard of self-rule, but it would not be the last. It did give me a new impetus for talking to Kashmiris, a lot of which would happen as the various peace initiatives by Vajpayee gained momentum.

The K-group became the most active group in the IB, drawing in the best talent, advising prime ministers throughout the 1990s on initiatives in J&K, and getting India through one of its most difficult periods in the border state. My career would have ended as number two in the IB and I was quite happy with that end to my career since my batchmate and friend Shyamal Datta, who was one position above me in the IPS, had become DIB in early 1998. In fact, when Shyamal became DIB, the home secretary, Balmiki Prasad Singh, called me in and told me that my batchmate was becoming the boss, and did I have a problem with that.

When they had an engagement, the two would come out of their respective rooms for the lift to take them down to the ground floor. Morarji would always arrive two minutes before he was scheduled to arrive at the lift (prime ministerial schedules abroad are planned down to the minute), and Vajpayee would, without fail, arrive two minutes later than he was scheduled to. At one point, Morarji could not restrain himself. ‘Atalji, aap toh hamesha late aatein hain,’ Morarji said. ‘Pradhan mantriji, aap time se pehle aatein hain,’ Vajpayee replied.

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