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New Delhi: At a time US is witnessing widespread civil protests against racism, an article in the New York Times has revealed former president Richard Nixon’s deep hatred towards Indians. The article, published Friday, is based on declassified audio tapes accessed by researcher Gary J. Bass.

“There was a deep racist feeling against India and Indians in the Nixon White House but he stoutly denied it. However, some revelations which have recently come out, project Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger as liars,” said ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta in episode 559 of Cut The Clutter.

Nixon was welcomed by the Indian establishment and Kissinger was popular too.


Also read: One of the few issues Nixon & Kennedy agreed on was US helping India win race against China


How Nixon’s racism was revealed

Gary Bass is a professor at Princeton University who researches and writes about genocides. He had authored a book, ‘The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide’, which takes its name from former American Consul General to Dhaka, Archer Blood, and is based on the cables he sent to the US State Department during the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide.

At the time, Nixon and Kissinger had decided to tilt towards the Pakistani side. The staff at  the US Consulate in Dhaka got so furious at this injustice that they wrote a joint telegram cable to the State Department, which came to be called the ‘Blood telegram’.

Through his research and right to information appeals, Bass was able to access declassified documents and put together some of the events of the time for his book. Over the past two years, Bass’ efforts have led to the declassification of a lot more data, especially audio recordings of discussions inside the White House, Gupta explained.

While Bass’ book, in itself quite explicit in detail, said that the US government had failed to denounce the suppression of democracy and atrocities, and evidenced what many considered moral bankruptcy, his more recent NYT article said the Nixon administration had deep seated racist issues.

In the article titled ‘Terrible Cost of Presidential Racism’, Bass said this prejudice wasn’t just a strategic calculation, but also resulted in a sexual hatred of Indians. Nixon was driven by racism, and his staff and Kissinger did nothing to discourage him or stop him, Bass added.

Nixon’s hatred and sexual revulsion of Indians were revealed in the declassified audio tapes. Between July 2019 and May 2020, 28 tapes were declassified.


Also read: ‘Indian women sexless, unattractive, don’t know how they reproduce’ — US President Nixon said


Nixon’s sexual hatred for Indians

During a meeting in June 1971, President Richard Nixon described Indian women as “the most unattractive women in the world” and “the most sexless”.

In the tapes, Bass claims, Nixon compared Indian women to Black women and said, “I mean, people say, what about the Black Africans? Well, you can see something, the vitality there, I mean they have a little animallike charm, but God, those Indians, ack, pathetic. Uch.”

Bass said that Nixon, after a meeting with then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 4 November 1971, he was heard telling Kissinger: “To me, they turn me off. How the hell do they turn other people on, Henry? Tell me.”They are repulsive and it’s just easy to be tough with them,” he added.

“They are repulsive and it’s just easy to be tough with them,” he added.

In another instance, on 12 November 1971, while discussing the India-Pakistan war with Kissinger and his Secretary of State William P. Rogers, Nixon is believed to have said, “I don’t know how they reproduce!”

“It’s quite remarkable for the most powerful man in the world to have this kind of sexual hatred for the second largest population in the world,” Gupta noted.

In one of the tapes, Bass stated that Kissinger was heard calling Indians “a scavenging people”. In another tape, Kissinger, now a great fan of India, explains that Indians are “super flatterers Mr. President, they are masters at flattery” and “that is how they’ve survived … their great skill is to suck up to the people in key positions”.

Gupta noted that Kissinger’s attitude towards India had “dramatically changed over the past two decades”.

On 10 August, Kissinger was talking about Pakistan, which was a US ally, and said, “Pakistanis are actually decent guys, but they are primitive in their mental structure”.

Gupta said these conversations reveal deep-seated racism and sexual prejudices. He added that in times to come, psychiatrists and psychologists should study Nixon’s sexual hatred of Indians.

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  1. Good that this idiot died in the 20 th century.. doesn’t deserve to see the 21st.At Least 16 yr olds don’t get pregnant like US’s girls over here

  2. This happened in the past…..now complaining about it is insightful but nowadays whites aren’t the racists..they are being cornered..it’s indians and other nationalities who are racist and castist in 2020

    • You’re nuts.. these people r the top brass of the so called best country,if it happend even in 1783 it wud not be acceptable. No official of India wud make such remarks

  3. Dear Gupta-ji – Your rare courage to reveal the true American color on your show – deep-seated despise and contempt of non-Anglo-Saxon protestant white, not limited to Indians, and certainly not limited to Indian women – is sterling journalism much applauded amidst the current orgy blindly celebrating and hailing the mythical Indian-US partnership drowning the majority of Indians. The Americans are merely using India as a tool in its superpower geopolitical hegemonic game – they will toss India away a la a used tissue paper when the game is over. Let me answer a caveat you kindly slipped in apparently to save the face of India’s American “friends” and “partners” – that the yankees might have changed their racist mindset since Nixon’s time and Kissinger’s lies- my categorical answer to you is that no they have not and never ever dream about it! Cheers!

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