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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956 - File 054. 1956-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 20, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1609/show/1593.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date October 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript Interview of Gaganvihari L. Mehta (Continued from page 11) four years, and have traveled to nearly thirty states. I have visited a number of universities and educational institutions, Chambers of Commerce — a cross-section of the people. I know from India also what the feelings are. And I think we should all recognize that free countries can disagree with one another and yet cooperate for common purposes. "So far as your specific question is concerned," he summarized, "my own impression is that there has been less misunderstanding in recent months than before." India's Neutralism Questioned "Mr. Ambassador, a few moments ago you very briefly ancl very effectively outlined your form of government xvith respect to its democratic institutions and the freedom of the press," reminded Mr. Wilson. "What you said about your government is true of ours. They are almost identical in those respects. Both would appear to be at complete cross-purposes xxith the form of government in the Soviet Union. "Now, with the Soviet Union on the one hand ancl the United States on the other, heading up two powerful forces, each attempting to persuade the world that each is correct," he asked, "how can the Indian government be neutral?" "Well, first of all," replied Ambassador Mehta, "let me say that we believe as you believe — that each country should have its own social system and its own economic order. What we object to (just as you do), is the imposition of this by force, or by subversion. This country has been assisting Yugoslavia, which has a Communist system, both economically and militarily because it feels it is up to the Yugoslavian people to decide what form of government they will have, what society they will have. "Now you might think that the particular economic system which has developed in this country is most suited," he stressed. "Undoubtedly it is most suited to this country — but that doesn't mean it is most suited for other countries." Mr. Wilson explained that he was referring not to the economic system, but to the political system. Page 52 "Yes, all right," agreed Ambassador Mehta, "political system also. Because certain countries believe in a democratic system that doesn't mean that this same system is suitable to all countries. There are several countries in South America, for example, which don't have a democratic system of government. I think you recognize them ancl have friendly relations with them." Ambassador Mehta went on to point out that since the summit conference last year it is recognized on all sides that a nuclear war for all practical purposes has to be ruled out, ancl for that reason a "cold war" has been replaced by a cold peace. "1 don't know in a 'cold peace' what neutralism means," he concluded. [Mr. Wilson's question had clearly outlined India's contradictory position in refusing to ally herself with the United States, while at the same time claiming a belief in freedom and the fundamental principles of democracy. In stressing that we were in a period of "cold peace," where affiliation with one camp or the other should be unnecessary, Ambassador Mehta chose to ignore the obvious fact that two ideologies are warring for control of the minds of all mankind.] Is Communist Aggression Recognized? Mr. Lindley asked, "Mr. Ambassador, isn't the real question here the foreign policy that a country pursues? What bothers us, I think, is that India doesn't seem to have recognized that the Communist states have been aggressive — both the Soviet Communist state and the Chinese Communist state. In fact, the Chinese Communist state still stands under the conviction of aggression before the United Nations, doesn't it?" "Umm," demurred Ambassador Mehta. "Well, I notice in his speech of March 29th on foreign policy," pursued Mr. Lindley, "Prime Minister Nehru spoke of the situation in Indochina (and I take this as an example of the sort of thing that puzzles us when we read these speeches in this country). He was very critical of South Viet-Nam because it bad not agreed to the elections throughout Viet-Nam prescribed by the Geneva Convention, although, as he sail) South Viet-Nam did not sign that coB vention. He went on and discussd Cambodia. He made no mention what* soever of Laos, where the Communisf have failed to comply with the GeneVJ agreement by failing to put the* forces under the command of the go*" ernment. He ignored that complete! although he criticized South Viet-Natf- That is the sort of thing that puzzle* us Ambassador Mehta replied that India is represented on the commis* sion and that the Indian representative has made some proposals for a settlement between tbe central Laos government ancl the two provinces whie" refuse to integrate. "In fact," he sal* "these proposals have been accepte*1 by the royal government of Laos. bi» not accepted, so far as I know, by tW other two provinces Mr. Lucas put into words a question basic- to United States relations wit" India by asking, "Mr. Ambassador,''1' the Indian people feel that this couf try has ever sought to impose our fort* of government on others by force an' subversion?" India's Attitude Toward West Mr, Mehta replied in the negative* "There is no question about that," a6 stated, "No sensible Indian says tha there has been any attempt by thi' country to impose a form of govef*- ment on any other country. Howeveft as relates to the question Mr. LinclW asked earlier about the attitude toV aids the West, I should like to cliffy cntiate quite frankly between some'' the countries which are known as haV' ing hael colonics, or which even no* have colonics ancl an empire in tf East. Naturally that is a ques lie" which is still in the Indian mind.' "Changing the subject for just moment," inserted Mr. Lucas, "*v*jJ has your government so consistent refused to arbitrate its dispute vfl Pakistan over Kashmir?" . "We have not refused to arbitrwa Ambassador Mehta state-el decisive*! "The point there is — ancl I can te\ you quite frankly — that I don't kn° why the United Nations has nev condemned aggression of Pakist3** This has been he-Id to be aggress'^ by Sir Owen Dixon, a man appoint _ by the United Nations to the Coniil**5] sion on Kashmir. You see, if agii'' sion is to be condemned in Kof*^ aggression could also have been c" demned in Kashmir. Also, it was In"^ Facts Forum News, October, 1$ that t Couiii ted 1. admit missic mittee "Mi gettin on thi 'I wo aid to WdhiEj some the- pi "It Blagni Mold,. He a. nomic "Th tachei ing to Mr. not be Nehru "ittacf "Wl (vhen often i W sir '•iodic has sti Speech there richer Point Bevelo j»g th That i: °n to s ^itch •'am poesn'l ;»i int. ••'liich 'his in, •ached •bout "Is I V i , ndia Mehta. , "x"- Ptates ''hit hi "f 'the 8rcat f Mr. °n this ^oulel l"1 th ''''tan, c°'intr\ Pthe ^Acis
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