India's prime Minister Indira Ghandi said that she is very grateful for the help the United States has pledged to give India to fight its critical food shortage.
Mrs. Ghandi speaking.
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Background: India's prime Minister Indira Ghandi said that she is very grateful for the help the United States has pledged to give India to fight its critical food shortage. President Johnson earlier in the week promised to send one billion dollars worth of food to India this year. The 47-year old leader of the world's largest democracy pointed out in a television interview in New York - shown Sunday (3 April ) in the United States - that India is accepting the American aid without abandoning her non-alignment position in the "cold war."
Mrs. Ghandi said that the best way to handle China is to recognize her. Speaking to a potential agressor, she said, can often soften ther hard international positions. However, the attractive Indian leader admitted that her country has yet to see this theory work.
She also said the bombing of North Viet Nam might lead to a closer tie between China and the Hanoi government. This, she intimated, is unfortunate because the two countries have been traditionally unfriendly.
Mrs. Ghandi said she would like to see the United States stop bombing North Viet Nam.
The best way to stop the influence of China in South Asia is for the smaller nations in that area to develop socially and economically.
Mrs. Ghandi also said she would like to see the United States continue its embargo of arms to Pakistan.
When asked if she might be a bit too young to be Prime Minister of India, she said she may by young in years....but not in experience.