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    Jawaharlal Nehru Typed Letter Signed. Three pages, 8.5" x 13.5", New Delhi, February 19, 1957. Marked as "PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL", Nehru writes to Norman Cousins disparaging about the current state of international affairs (the Cold War) and the testing of nuclear weapons. The letter reads, in part:

    "I confess that I do not see any easy way out of this drift towards disaster. Apart from the actual dangers involved, what is distressing is the general acceptance by most people of this state of affairs as normal and almost inevitable. None of the outstanding political leaders of today appears to have the vision or the strength to stop this drift. Every step that the leaders of the United States or of the Soviet Union might take, even though it may be a good one, is suspect by the other. That applies to the other big powers like the U.K., France and China. The world atmosphere is thick with suspicion and fear. Everyone, I believe, recognizes that a major nuclear war is out of the question. And yet, in spite of this, the armament race goes on and atomic and hydrogen bombs are piled up. The testing of nuclear weapons continues, even though many eminent scientists believe that this may be poisoning the atmosphere".

    Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India, with India gaining its independence from Great Britain in 1947. During the Cold War, Nehru adopted a policy of non-alignment, despite pressure from both the Soviet Union and United States to become allies. Nehru believed in taking the route of pacifism and threw his support behind the United Nations. Ex. Norman Cousins Estate.

    Condition: Lightly toned with usual mail folds, else good condition.


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