Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 129
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 129

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 13, 1972
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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on home lawn in New Delhi. Here her day slam at 8:30 a.m. as she greets various delegations who come with political or personal problems. After a half hour or «, she is c/riven about three miles to Parliament in her gold-colored 1965 Dodge Po/ara. NEW DELHI. e are quite willing to forget what has happened, and to make a new start with the United States. We want your friendship. But the "Nixon Administration has shown no real desire to improve its relations with India. The American people--that's another slory. They have consistently been sympathetic. I, personally, get such a vast number of letters from Americans -in every slate, and every age--all expressing their friendship for India. We are grateful for this support. And we sincerely hope that the U.S. Administration, too, will try to understand our point of view and our problems. It is never too lale or too early to be friends." Thus did Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, leader of India's 560 million people, express to PARADE her hopes for future U.S.-lndian relations. Coming as they do, on the eve of India's 25lh anniversary of Independence from Britain (on Tuesday), her words are .1 reminder that there still may he some common ground between the world's mosl powerful democracy, (he United Slates, and ihe world's largest democracy. India. They are also a reminder thai never in the past 25 years have relations between our two countries been worse. Thorny path of India-US. relations To some observers, Ihe surprising thing is that Indian-American relations didn't fall apart a long time ago. For, ever since 1954, the U.S. has been allied to India's arch-enemy, Moslem Pakistan. We have spent billions of dollars in military aid, propping up various dictalorships in Pakistan, which borders on ihe Soviet Union and PARADF. · AUOUST U. 1972

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