Philosophical Anthropology and Practical Politics

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10
Asian Mentality and United States Foreign Policy*

Any American who arrived in Pakistan or India in October of 1950 underwent a severe shock. Newspapers, whether Muslim or Hindu, whether British- or Indian-owned, in both their reports and their editorials described the police action of the United Nations as a greedy struggle between the two major powers of the world, in which the interests of Asians were largely overlooked, and with respect to which the United States was, if anything, slightly the worse of the two disturbers of the peace. There was little to choose between the attitudes of the British-owned Statesman and the Indian-owned Hindustan Times or Times of India. Had Premier Stalin himself selected the headlines and written the editorials, they could hardly have been more to Moscow's liking. The fact that they were written with apparent objectivity, not taking sides, made the effect all the more telling.

The Communist invasion of Tibet altered this appraisal momentarily. The morning after the invasion was announced officially by Peiping, the Hindustan Times, with which Devadas Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's son, was then associated, and which is usually a reliable clue to the opinion of at least one portion of Prime Minister Nehru's government, raised editorially the question whether India should not change its policy in the United Nations of urging the admission of Communist China. The newspaper even prepared for a re

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This chapter is reprinted with permission from The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, July, 1951, Vol. 276, pp. 118-127.

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