Foreign News: Which Way to Freedom?

India's Premier Jawaharlal Nehru, who spent 14 of his 67 years in jail for his political beliefs, and entitled his autobiography Toward Freedom, was not clear about what was happening to freedom in Hungary. So he sent a note to Soviet Premier Bulganin and asked for the facts. Bulganin quickly obliged and Nehru thanked him in a pleasant message ("Your own country has taken a lead in the campaign for peace," but, "as you know, developments [in Hungary] have caused us much concern"). Then Nehru passed on the "facts" to his 377 million people.

What appears to have occurred in Hungary, Nehru...

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