Monday, August 08, 2005

Nehru's appraisal of the Soviet Union in mid 1930s

Jawaharlal Nehru in his autobiography said:

"While the rest of the world was in the grip of depressions and going backward in some ways, in Soviet country a great new was being built up before our eyes. Russia, following the great Lenin, looked into the future and thought only of what was to be, while other countries lay numbed under the dead hand of the past and spent their energy in preserving the useless relics of a bygone age. In perticular, I was impressed by the reports of the great progress made by the backward regions of Centeral Asia under the Soviet Regime. In the balance, therefore, I was all in favour of Russi, and the presence and example of the Soviets was a brigth and heartening phenomenon in the dark and dismal world."

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