If money alone will win love, there is no nation that will amass the love of the world’s people as quickly and easily as the United States of America. America hurls at them schemes after schemes of love by demand…The latest American love-demand revolves round a book exchange plan. In an attempt to lower ideological barriers between India and America, the two countries will exchange books which will give some idea of each other’s culture and history, philosophy and religion.
The idea is commendable. Indians ought to know more about America and her people just as it is necessary for Americans to know a little more about the real India. However, the net result of the book scheme will not amount to anything more than stocking of American books in a certain section of libraries in this country, a section which in any case will not stock anything other than pro-American literature…… But the current American line on freedom of information and the right to carry on scientific research is anything but mature or cultured. If the United States is serious about lowering ideological barriers between the peoples of the world, how can that Government consistently and contumeliously refuse permission to American newsmen who want to go to China? …..America should not rush to the a priori conclusion that all those who are not in the American camp are against America. They should not equate their ability to lend with their ability to lend with their ability to win the affections of a people. After all, creditorsare not welcome company.
The American people must make their Government realise that there is a lot of difference between evangelising for international understanding and international understanding itself…..
(EDIT, August 25, 1957.)