This Day That Age
dated December 1, 1951: India and Israel
A correspondent, Mr. W. Wolff of Madras, who had returned from a two-month tour of Israel, said in a Letter to the Editor: ``Israel has many parallels with India. Both are countries very young and very old at the same time. Both are struggling hard, facing seemingly unsolvable problems and difficulties. India has been independent for over four years, and Israel for over three years. In both countries there are immigrants, among whom quite a number are dissatisfied because they do not realise that the respective Governments cannot support them eternally; who feel it is quite nice to be a refugee, and go on being housed and fed, while asking for the maximum, and even impossible things, from the struggling authorities; who consider it better to be a refugee than take up a profession, work hard, and do their bit to build up their country (I do not speak here of invalids and old people). I have just come back from Israel, which I toured intensively. Colour bar does not exist there, except perhaps in the mind of a few ignorant persons. Indians, especially, are considered everywhere in Israel as an asset, and I spoke to quite a few. Yes, they too had difficulties: they did not have the rice they were accustomed to, they did not have their spices, and they had to overcome the strangeness of being in new professions. In Israel, however, the work of a sweeper is considered equal to that of a Minister provided both do their work properly. What saved India was her faith; what has saved Israel is also faith. In both the countries, there are also people whose minds are not strong, who grumble about everything, and who see only black everywhere. `It will be all right in the next generation', is my sincere good wish for both India and Israel. Jai Hind, Shalom.''
Demonetisation of Hyderabad Currency
It was officially announced in Hyderabad on the 29th of November that the former Nizam's State's currency would be completely demonetised from the 1st of April 1953. The first step of demonetisation had been taken on the 26th of January 1950 when Indian currency too was made legal tender in the former Princely territory. The Hyderabad Rupee was called `Hali Sicca', and the coins were made of 50 per cent silver and 50 per cent alloy. As at the end of March 1951, the value of Hyderabad currency and coins in circulation was estimated to be Rs. 43 crores.
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