India: A Touch of Self-Righteousness

The voice sounded paper thin, raising every head in India's Parliament. "May I speak sitting, sir?" asked Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of Mr. Speaker. Still feeble as a result of last January's stroke, Nehru slumped in his seat, delivered a 40-minute address, his first major talk since the illness. With refreshing candor, he took his countrymen to task for consistently blaming India's problems on others. "Our publicity abroad suffers very much from self-righteousness," he said. "We are not free from wrongdoing. The result is that even many of the truthful things we say are sometimes not believed."

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