Diplomacy

The middle path

Print edition : December 12, 2014

September 2, 1961: Jawaharlal Nehru addressing the first Non-Aligned Summit Conference in Belgrade. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

September 8, 1961: Nehru with Russian Premier Nikita S. Khruschev (centre) at the Grand Kremlin Palace during the Soviet-Indian Friendship rally in Moscow. Photo: The Hindu Archives

October 11, 1949: U.S. President Harry S. Truman with Nehru and his sister and Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Vijayalakshmi Pandit. Photo: The Hindu Archives

July 1, 1959: Che Guevara (second from left), the charismatic revolutionary, gifts Nehru a box of Cuban cigars. Photo: The Hindu Archives

September 9, 1960: Nehru with Fidel Castro at Hotel Teresa in Harlem, New York. Both the leaders were in New York to attend the opening session of the General Assembly of the U.N. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Nehru with President Gamal Abdel Nasser (left) of Egypt and Marshal Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia. They were instrumental in the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement. Photo: THE HINDU Archives

October 1954: Nehru with Mao Zedong, Chairman of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Nehru’s pragmatic diplomacy gave a newly independent India a stature in world affairs much above its economic and military power and guided it deftly in a world being polarised by the Cold War.
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