President Eisenhower on the first full day of his five - day visit to India after paying a traditional visit to the memorial to Gandhi Dec 10 made a formal call on President Prasad and then had his first political talk with Prime minister Nehru.
President Eisenhower on the first full day of his five - day visit to India after paying a traditional visit to the memorial to Gandhi Dec 10 made a formal call on President Prasad and then had his first political talk with Prime minister Nehru. Later that day in a speech to both Houses of Parliament, Eisenhower called for a controlled universal disarmament.
At the Gandhi Shrine at Rajghat the President laid a wreath at the cremation site of the man Indian regard as the father of their nation. The President then walked round the Shrine in the Hindu ceremony of Pra-Karma - paying homage to the departed soul. Then as a permanent reminder of his visit, the President planted a sapling in the Memorial Gardens.
For Eisenhower it was a busy but less exuberant day. On his arrival the previous day into the city of Delhi, the massive welcome of a million people delayed his drive by more than an hour and a half. The President's next formal duty was to visit as Head of State of 180 million Americans the President of Indian's 415 million people.
And then came the hour's formal talks on politics with 70 year-old Mr. Nehru, the man whom Congress will not allow to retire. Next, to address the legislators of India - some of whom once cried against his desire to retire: Nehru, you will leave us orphans. Together Prime Minister and American President made their way through the Parliament Chamber.
Said Eisenhower: "In the name of humanity can we not join in a five or fifty-year plan against mistrust and misgiving and fixation on the wrongs of the past?" Controlled universal disarmament was the imperative of our time.