02 March, 2021

They Called Him Tricky Dick

How did Richard Nixon decide his foreign policy? Well, banish those theories you learnt. Indians were 'sexless', 'unattractive' and a 'turn-off'...that was that. Yup, you read that right.

They Called Him Tricky Dick

Newly declassified White House tapes disclose former US president Richard Nixon speaking disparagingly about Indians and reveal the bigotry he and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger held that influenced US policy toward India and South Asia. “The full content of these tapes reveal how US policy toward South Asia under Mr. Nixon was influenced by his hatred of, and sexual repulsion toward, Indians,” Gary Bass, author of The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide and professor at Princeton, wrote in The New York Times. The tapes reveal a “stunning” conversation between Nixon, Kissinger and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman in the Oval Office in June 1971, in which Nixon asserts that Indian women are “undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world”. Nixon also calls Indians “most sexless”, “nothing” and “pathetic”. “On November 4, 1971, during a break from a contentious summit with PM Indira Gandhi the president harangued Kissinger about his sexual disgust at...

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