ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Exit Menon, Enter Kissinger

October 19, 1974 Exit Menon, Enter Kissinger G P Deshpande WITH Motion's death the last link with our anti-imperialist past has snapped. Menon had ceased to be a significant force in Indian politics for over a decade now. The world had not significantly changed; but the Indian perception of the world had. It must have been a constant source of surprise and agony to Krishna Menon that the Indian leadership had come to take such a fond view of America and Imperialism. The process in a way had begun during Nehru's lifetime itself. It was, however, still within limits then. During the decade since Nehru's death the talk of contradiction between resurgent Asian nationalism and Western, especially American, imperialism had increasingly become an irritating nuisance for the Indian leadership. A new group of policy-planners, bright and up-to-date on the cliches, had since emerged which had no use for this 'idealistic' contradiction. They were out to build pragmatic practical approaches to international politics. They had no use for Menon.

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