From the 50s when India was grappling with some very serious issues chief among them being procuring food for the hungry. With few cards in its hand and such few resources the only way India could establish a place for itself only through international for a like the UN. It was almost like an existential cry from India: we speak, therefore we exist! So India talked and talked and talked. Krishna Menon, did not frankly make too many friends with his endless speeches of a high-minded and scorching nature for those less enlightened than himself.
That was early Indian diplomacy...
David Malone (former Canadian High Commissioner to India)
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