THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, October 9, 1968
Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, October 9, 1968
RESPONSE TO FLEMING:
Congress debates equal time'
Indian professor criticizes
By ERIKA HOFF
"Please forgive me, but my
heart is full. Twice my father was
arrested for fighting for freedom,
and no American helped him,"
said Prof. Dhirendra Sharma.
Sharma, a philosophy professor
from India now teaching at Mich-
igan State University, was re-
sponding to a speech made Mon-
day by University President Rob-
bin Fleming at the Campus Ecu-
menical Center's annual interna-
tional dinner in the First. Pres-
byterian Church. Dr. Andrew Roy,
vice-president of Chung Chi Col-
lege in Hong Kong, also appeared
on the program.
Addressing a group of 300 for-
eign students, Sharma said, "It is
your moral obligation to remain
polite, but tell the, truth to Amer-
icans. Convey your ideas that one
day we can make a better world."
Sharma criticized the United
States strongly saying, "it de-
strayed my dreams." He said, "I
came to this country expecting the
highest level of literacy and cul-
ture, and America disappointed
Sharma also said that American
democracy has subverted other
countries. He cited Ho Chi Minh,
who was educated in the western
world, as an example.
"America is subverting us be-
cause we go to their houses and
they show us their high standard
of living. Then we go back to our
countries and are dissatisfied. We
try to make a revolution in our
countries and the United States
calls us Communists."
Sharmna concluded by asking
Fleming two questions. "Why, if
America" has a commitment to
freedom and liberty does it spend
so much for human destruction,"
and "why does a government that
is ,the defender of freedom and
liberty have a House Committee
on Un-American Activities?"
Fleming had spoken on the
American university and interna-
tional education. He expressed the
need for cultural exchanges to
bring countries of the world to-
wards mutual understanding. He
went.on to explain the many prob-
lems that are encountered in at-
tempting to exchange professors
with foreign universities.
"There are many fields that
cannot be effectively pursued in
other countries." Fleming cited his
own profession of labor mediating
as' an example.".-t i
Sleming explained that it is
often difficult to fill the vacancy
left by a professor who has been
sent to a foreign university.
:Fleming, also said that differ-
ences 'between the standard of
living ,of American professors
°abroad and that of, the country's
own teachers often lead to resent-
ment. "The Americans live as close
as possible to their own level of
=living in the United States, Wvhich
is usualy higher than that of the
"When American universities
WASHINGTON () - An order
that his men salute in rear areas
according to custom or be sent to
the fighting front has been can-
celled by an Army division com-
mander in Vietnam.
The turnabout was announced
yesterday by an Army spokesman
at the Pentagon soon after a terse
announcement had been made
about the rule: °
"The Army considers this a mat-
ter of concern for the local com-
This in. effect bucked the "prb-
lem to the U.S. commander in
Vietnam, Gen. Creighton W.
The Army, officials here clear-
ly indicated, was embarrassed af-
ter Maj. Gen. Charles' P. Stone
confirmed he had laid down the
saluate-or-fight policy for his 4th
One high ranking source had
predicted, "I think reason will
Stone had said on Monday in
Vietnam that transfers camne
''only after a flagrant violation"~
of the custom of saluting superior
A state-wide conference of "Old
Left" radicals will meet in Detroit
Friday and Saturday. Paul Bou-
telle, vice presidential candidate of
the Socialist Workers Party will
speak on "The Black Explosion
and the Fight for Socialism" at 8
p.m. Friday at the SWP head
exhaust their own supply of pro-
fessors who want to go abroad,
they are forced to recruit from
other schools in order to fulfill
their contracts," Fleming said.
"This reduces the university to a
broker in man power."
Fleming also discussed the prob-
lems encountered by foreign stu-
rents and professors in this coun-
try. "They must make cultural and
often drastic climate adjustments.
They are faced with the 'problem
of providing for their families and
educating their children."
He said that because teaching
salaries are higher in this coun-:;
try, "the American university
bears th? burden of compensating
the visiting professor for this
country's higher cost of living and
the expenses the professor in-
curred in' moving his household.";
-Many foreign students who
come from less developed coun-
tries become interested in pur-
suing their fields on "the frontiers
of knowledge," according to Flem-,
ing. "This is not possible in their
country, so the students want to
remain in the United States. They
are then, faced with their moral
a m e n c a n i te a is HWASHINGTONs ---A group of - be given equal time on televis- "This equal time bill happenef
HueRepublicans was accused by' on to be something the vice president
the Democratic leadership yester- Humphrey and the Democrats wants badly," he said. "What bet-
and often legal obligations to their studies. There is a great need for day of trying to block action on a have been pressing for the bill and ter leverage could we have than
own countries." those who can stand in two cul- a subsequent debate with Nixon, that?.
Fleming concluded by saying, tures and mediate." he said. bill that would clear the way for but the front-running Republican Albert. at a separate news con-
"Despite the goodwill that all of Roy said e felt "the univertelevised debates between Richard nominee has made it clear he has ference, isted that the primary
"Dspite thewgodiltatnall odfste Ro sihe frlt "te uern M. Nixon and Hubert H. Humph- no interest in 'such a confronta- objective of the Republicans was
us have towards international ed- sities of the world are becoming to.Tebl ol lopri to kill the equal time billt
ucation, there are problems. There too big too suddenly. Over pop- rey. Lion. The bill would also permit
simply is not, and I suppose there ulation is a great problem. Man The GOP members, Iy parlia- third party candidate George C. "at Mr Nixon doesn't want the
mentary tactics, foirced the House; Wallace to participate in any de-"ttM'.Nxnde'tw tth
never will be, any substitute for a could become, and perhaps al- yae equal time bill passed and it is
real desire for the betterment of ready is, the cancer of the world." into a series of roll calls that pre- equally well known that Mr.
vented it from transacting a n y? Rep. Donald Rumsfeld (R-Ill. qal elkonta r
mankind in solving the mechani- Roy criticized the white middle ess, le oted Rmoed i Humphrey does want it and wants
cal problems that face us:" class, saying, it "has run away Democratic Leader Carl Albert, agreed that his group is trying to to debate," he said.
He told the foreign students "to from the problems into the sub- of Oklahoma, said the maneuver hold up the bill, but said it was
take the good things you find urbs. But," he added "there are was aimed at a bill that would doing it to try to force action on En'o Yourself
here back to- your country." He no suburbs of the world. Czecho- suspend a requirement thatx all long-stalled election reform and
instructed them to return to their slovakia has no suburbs; there are candidates f o r president - in- congressional reorganization legis- Join The Daily.Staff
countries to teach "comparative no suburbs of Vietnam." cluding those from fringe parties lation.
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