The Nation: Miss Lillian's Sentimental Journey

It was both a diplomatic duty and a sentimental journey for President Carter's mother. While her son voiced mock concern that "when Mother gets home we'll either have very good relations with India or they'll be destroyed once again," Miss Lillian, 78, and Grandson Chip, 26, flew to New Delhi to lead the official U.S. delegation at the funeral last week of Indian President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. Jimmy Carter had nothing to worry about. His mother's Southern grace charmed everyone, including Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who invited her home for what Miss Lillian called "a nice, family time." Said Mrs. Gandhi:...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!