‘Scavengers, Sexless, Suck-up Experts’: NYT contributor scoops deeply racist Kissinger-Nixon remarks on Indians


New York, September 4

On June 3, 1971, when US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger was wild at India and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for sheltering hundreds of thousands of Bengali refugees fleeing Pakistan’s military, he and his boss, US President Richard Nixon didn’t simply blame her for inflicting the refugee circulation and covert sponsorship of Bengali insurgency. Kissinger condemned Indians as a complete, his voice oozing with contempt, “They are a scavenging people”.

Kissinger, who continues to be influential and is routinely granted entry by kings and governments, additionally voiced prejudices, albeit milder, about Pakistanis. On August 10, 1971, whereas discussing with Nixon whether or not the Pakistan junta would execute Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, the chief of the Bengali nationalists, Kissinger hissed to the President: “I tell you, the Pakistanis are fine people, but they are primitive in their mental structure.” 

“They (Pakistanis) just don’t have the subtlety of the Indians,” Kissinger, the toast of India’s thinktanks at 97, defined helpfully. On June 17, 1971, Nixon and Kissinger, in a collective generalisation of a shedding battle with Indira Gandhi, burst out on Indian ladies at giant by calling them “Sexless” newly accessed tapes reported within the New York Times by Princeton Professor of International Relations and writer Gary J Bass state.

The Republican President, finally disgraced and having to stop in 1974, was unsparing to contrarians in his personal staff for even minor editorial tilts in direction of India. The tapes, Bass explains, have a reference to Kenneth B. Keating, Ambassador to India, as “a bastard”. Keating’s fault, whilst he stood outranked, was to have confronted Nixon and Kissinger within the Oval Office calling Pakistan’s crackdown “almost entirely a matter of genocide”.

The tapes have Nixon asking what “do the Indians have that takes even a Keating, for Christ, a 70-year-old” (right here there’s cross-talk, however the phrase the Professor heard appears to be “bachelor” and even “bastard”). In his reply to Nixon, Kissinger defined: “They (Indians) are superb flatterers, Mr President. They are masters at flattery. They are masters at subtle flattery. That’s how they survived 600 years. They suck up – their great skill is to suck up to people in key positions.”

Kissinger continued: “The most sexless, nothing, these people. I mean, people say, what about the Black Africans? Well, you can see something, the vitality there, I mean they have a little animal-like charm, but God, those Indians, ack, pathetic. Uch.”

On November 4, 1971, throughout a personal break from a White House summit with Indira Gandhi, Nixon revealed to Kissinger his sexual disgust at Indians. He mentioned: “To me, they turn me off. How the hell do they turn other people on, Henry? Tell me.”  Kissinger’s response was inaudible to Prof Bass, however he believes the NSA didn’t discourage the President from his theme.

The President, in between bitter sparring matches with Indira Gandhi concerning the hazard of warfare with Pakistan, confesses to Kissinger that his personal sexual neuroses had been having an influence on overseas coverage: “They turn me off. They are repulsive and it’s just easy to be tough with them.”

A couple of days later, on November 12, 1971, in the midst of a dialogue about India-Pakistan tensions with Kissinger and Secretary of State William P. Rogers, after Rogers talked about (claims of) reprimanding Indira Gandhi, Nixon blurted: “I don’t know how they reproduce!”

In the 47 years since, Kissinger has efficiently portrayed himself as above the racism of the Nixon White House, however Bass’s newly unveiled tapes present him becoming a member of within the bigotry. Though, because the writer himself confesses, the tapes can not absolutely decide whether or not he really shared the President’s prejudices or was simply pandering to the boss.

A dialog between Nixon, Kissinger and H.R. Haldeman, the White House chief of workers, within the Oval Office in June 1971 is equally revealing. “Undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world are the Indian women,” mentioned Nixon.

“Undoubtedly,” he repeats, with a venomous tone.

The tapes are a sequel to Bass’s well-received ebook, “The Blood Telegram” printed in 2013. The ebook paperwork the violent beginning of Bangladesh and what Bass referred to as, “disgraceful White House diplomacy”. Much of the proof got here from scores of White House tapes, which reveal Nixon and Kissinger as they operated behind closed doorways.

In December 2012, Bass filed a follow-up authorized request for a compulsory declassification overview with Nixon’s Presidential Library and Museum. After a lot wrangling, the Nixon archivists launched a couple of unbleeped tapes in May 2018 after which a couple of tons from time to time culminating this previous May. There are bleeps nonetheless remaining on a number of the reviewed tapes, a few of which Bass says he’s interesting.

Nixon died in 1994. Kissinger was NSA from 1969 till 1973 after which rose to be US Secretary of State in 1974. His negotiating genius with Vietnam and China gained him cult standing and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. A request for remark from Kissinger Associates wasn’t answered on the time of publication. IANS



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