International: Against Indignity

The new president of the United Nations General Assembly walked serenely to the dais, fussed through her handbag for her glasses and a pencil, then spoke to the hall full of delegates in a soft, lilting voice. "I regard your choice," she said, "as a tribute to my country.''

For 27 bitter years, India's handsome Madame Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, with her brother, Jawaharlal Nehru, fought for her country's dignity against what she called "the indignities imposed in the name of a white civilization." Yet she was brought up amid the regalia of the society she grew to fight. At her Brahman father's...

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