WASHINGTON: Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace as US president in 1974 in the face of certain impeachment following the Watergate scandal, and sent in the Seventh Fleet into the Bay of Bengal to intimidate India in 1971, made a slew of sexist and racist remarks during the nadir of US-India ties in 1970-1971, which have only now emerged.
“Undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world are the Indian women,” they are “pathetic”, they “turn me off”, Indians are “repulsive”. These are just some of the tropes essayed by him , according to archival material unearthed by Princeton academic Gary Bass.
Bass, whose 2013 book, “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide”, chronicled the disastrous US policy during the 1971 India-Pakistan war and revealed Nixon calling then Indian PM a “bitch” and broadly referring to Indians as “bastards”, accessed new material after much “wrangling” following a legal request for mandatory declassification review with the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
Princeton academic Gary Bass unearthed what he described as “stunning” material from newly declassified tapes of a conversation between Nixon, his then national security advisor Henry Kissinger and White House chief of staff H R Haldeman, in the Oval Office in June 1971.
In that conversation, Nixon says, “Undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world are the Indian women,” repeating “undoubtedly” in a venomous tone. He continues, “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 another occasion on November 4, 1971, during a private break from a contentious White House summit with Indira Gandhi of India, Nixon makes disparaging remarks about Indians’ sexuality to Kissinger. “To me, they turn me off. How the hell do they turn other people on, Henry? Tell me.” Kissinger’s response is inaudible as Nixon continues, “They turn me off. They are repulsive and it’s just easy to be tough with them.”
A few days later, on November 12, 1971, in the middle of a discussion about India-Pakistan tensions with Kissinger and secretary of state William Rogers, after Rogers mentions reprimanding Indira Gandhi, Nixon says, “I don’t know how they reproduce!” The full content of these tapes reveal how US policy toward South Asia under Nixon was influenced by his hatred of, and sexual repulsion toward Indians, Bass notes.
“For decades, Nixon and Kissinger have portrayed themselves as brilliant practitioners of realpolitik, running a foreign policy that dispassionately served the interests of the United States. But these declassified White House tapes confirm a starkly different picture: racism and misogyny at the highest levels, covered up for decades under ludicrous claims of national security. A fair historical assessment of Nixon and Kissinger must include the full truth, unbleeped,” he concludes.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50742.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Ok.. Nixon dead long time back. Why now bring what he said half century ago?
Due to personal enmity of President Nixon & Henry Kissinger for India, they aided China to become economic and military might with the result
Nixon and Kissinger were the architect of modern China. They didn't like India, esp Indira Gandhi.
His ego was badly hurt by Indira Gandhi. The courageous leader.
No wonder he was impeached.
With all the problems Indira Gandhi created Bangladesh,she is truly Durga.
Also when Bangladesh is formed all the countries recognized Bangladesh except USA and Pakistan.
We Indians are fortunate to have such type of great leaders.
" Mr.President , look yourself at the mirror. No woman, white, black or brown will get turned on with your Pinocchio nose and pumpkin face"
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One things for Sure..Even with all odds against her Indira Gandhi still managed to create Bangladesh. She was indeed an Iron Lady. MoDi stands nowhere near her stature.
Nixon tape content was well known. Why release now. They hated Indira because she stood up to them and outmaneuvered them. She embarrassed them.
Stupid Nixon didn't know this.
American salary, British home, Chinese food, Indian wife
American wife, British food, Chinese home, Indian salary
Americans and EU do not respect Asian they think they arw 3rd class people. we still want to go there
seems chinese started doing propaganda to keep india from forming nato like alliance with usa , during cold war usa and indian were enemy now we are ally .time has changed .china has replaced pakistan as our biggest enemy
Because India is too weak to be a competitor of USA. If one day in the future India surpass China。 that day, India will be an enemy of USA.
Nixon was the mosy irresponsible presidents of US ever...
but now indians by their hard work have changed the time. now America president need indians help to win election. now many American firms have indian CEOs.
In those days after independence, India was very close to Russia. No wonder US did not like Indian politicians. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. NOW, Modi and Trump are in power and there is mutual respect there!