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Mahatma Gandhi, 1940s. The Star of India published wire reports on the Berlin airlift in October 1948 while keeping its readers up to date on the postponed trial of Mohandas Gandhi's murderer. Just the year before, India had claimed independence from the British, and then suffered the convulsions resulting from the partition of India and Pakistan.



From October 19, 1948:

U.N. QUESTIONS ON BERLIN DISPUTE

Security Council May Condemn Soviet Attitude

Paris, Oct. 18 -- Western Powers' delegates were to-day considering replies prepared by their experts to the Security Councils two questions on the Berlin dispute. Observers believed that the Council will, without further delay, pass a resolution condemning the Soviet blockade when it resumes consideration of the position tomorrow.

Opinion in favour of such action hardened among the six "neutral" members of the Council during the weekend, mainly as a result of the Soviet delegate M. Andrei Vyshinksy's refusal to answer the questions put by Dr. Juan Bramuglia, Acting Chairman of the Council.

Dr. Bramuglia asked the Four Powers to (1) explain how the travel restrictions in Berlin and between the eastern and western zones of Germany arose, and (2) explain circumstantially the agreement involved in the instruments given to the Military Governors in Berlin and the reasons that prevent implementation of the agreement.

It was believed that only Argentina and Syria might abstain from the final vote in the Council.

Meanwhile, it was learned that certain delegations were likely to try to have discussion of the Palestine dispute postponed for another week. (Reuter).

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