Hyderabad: Sir Paul Gore-Booth, British High Commissioner in India, said here this evening that the military assistance that India was receiving from the United Kingdom would not affect the quantum of economic aid that Britain had earmarked for India to finance the Third-Five-Year Plan, namely Rs 120 crores.
Addressing the members of the Rotary Club of Hyderabad here, Sir Paul expressed his satisfaction that the aid and the materials already received were being put by India to constructive good use in the armed forces and that the situation was much better than what it was some months ago.
The High Commissioner said that when India was attacked, this attack was obviously in very considerable force, even if only for a limited objective in the short run whatever the objective in the long run.
India needed aid and aid came. It came, from the Americans and from Britain. “We did not count the cost in possible political misunderstanding elsewhere. We simply aided India because we felt that in this matter India was in need, and in need in a good cause,” he said.
Sir Paul said that they had come to the more difficult period of longer term consideration. Any country’s defence had to be related both to its policy and political connections, and to the resources at its command. One had to decide what was most important, how much they were prepared and able to do.