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From 50 Years Ago: Why is Nehru Silent?

Weekly Note from Volume X, No 32, August 9, 1958.

Delhi’s restraint in reacting to developments in West Asia has been one of the more re­ markable features of a crisis in which the un­ expected is the largest single element. This restraint some trace to a growth, in maturity, others, less kindly, call it a hesitation: the reality is perhaps that in this matter the heart and the mind of Delhi were out of harmony...

Certain unanimities are discernible in that complex, which for convenience, we shall call the Indian reaction to West Asia: among these, foremost is the convincing thought that the explosion in Iraq and in Lebanon represents a definite stage in the growth of Arab nationalism, on the one hand, and its attempted external suppression on the other. This is the basic explanation of all that has happened in the Arab Peninsula.

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