Realism on the U.N.

Print edition : September 20, 2013

At a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York in 1946, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, who headed India's first delegation to the U.N., and Justice M.C. Chagla, a member. Jawaharlal Nehru, in a letter to Chagla, said he wanted them to make a splash in that forum. Photo: AP/THE HINDU ARCHIVES

After the Korean War broke out, Nehru expressed the fear that the U.N. was heading towards suicide. Here, in April 1954, he meets Korean and Chinese ex-prisoners of war who had opted to stay in India. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The author traces the death of many an illusion about the U.N. in a study that is one of the best on the fractured organisation.
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