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    Jawaharlal Nehru Typed Letter Signed. Four pages, 8.5" x 13.5", New Delhi, March 16, 1957. A great content letter to journalist Norman Cousins in which Nehru expresses his increasing depression about the current state of the international crisis amidst the Cold War. In part:

    "I am not, I think, a pessimist. Indeed, I do not think that any person can function effectively if he has no hope for the future. I have hope both for the world and for my own country, India, which I seek to serve. And yet, as I indicated to you in my previous letter, I have a feeling of depression growing within me, a feeling that the good things of the world are gradually being pushed out, that some slow disintegration is taking place in the collective mind of man in spite of the great advances that we see. You refer in your article to this new possibility of our present generation having the power to put an end to everything that history has achieved. That is a terrible thought. What is worse, I think, is a creeping sickness of humanity which gradually leads it to this final destruction. Ultimately, this is of the mind, as I think the UNESCO Constitution says: Wars being in the minds of men. In spite of the patent fact that a nuclear war may well end everything that humanity stands for, most people take preparations for it for granted, even though they wish to avoid it. Why do they do it? We got back to this all pervading fear, which appears to them to make it incumbent on them not to be left behind in the race for the latest type of death-dealing machinery. The whole approach is patently illogical, and yet there appears to be no escape from it."

    Nehru has handwritten "Personal - Confidential" at the top of the first page. Ex. Norman Cousins Estate.

    Condition: Lightly toned with usual mail folds.




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