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From 50 Years Ago: A Hero's Welcome.

Editorial from Volume XI, No 50, December 12, 1959.

President Eisenhower’s address to both the Houses of the Indian Parliament, while it unavoidably had its share of the platitudes and slogans normal to such speeches, was nevertheless remarkable for its intelligence and sincerity. The successful speaker says what his audience is most anxious to hear; and in the process of saying it, he tries to say also what he himself is most anxious for them to hear. This was the key to the President’s successful speech last Thursday evening. He correctly gauged the mood of the Indian people at this particular time in their history. He responded to that mood... And then came the operative words of Mr Eisenhower’s speech. These, it seems to us, were: “I come here representing a nation that wants not an acre of another people’s land; that seeks no control of another people’s Govern-ment; that pursues no programme of expansion in commerce or politics or power of any sort at another people’s expense. It is a nation ready to share its substance in assisting toward achieve-ment of mankind’s deep, external aspirations for peace and freedom. I come here as a friend of India, speaking for 180 million friends of India.”

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