Highlight: Recently released declassified tapes of the late US President Richard Nixon points towards his bigot and racist mindset.
When asked about Nixon, former Indian Diplomats tagged him with words like, “Third-class”, ” Bigot”, and “Racist”. This statement was made after Washington declassified a new set of tapes. In the tapes, one can hear Nixon unabashedly demeaning Indians. These tapes also reveal how US policy towards South Asians was driven by the force of hatred and disgust.
What Are The Declassified Tapes About?
These audiotapes take us back to one of the most gruesome wars of history. Back then India was heavily bent towards the Soviet Union. And at the same time dictatorship in Pakistan supported America. India was then surrounded by Pakistan from two sides: West and East Pakistan. The Bengali Nationalists won an election back in March 1971. That’s when common people started attacking their own Bengali Citizens. Richard Nixon supported this massacre.
What All Richard Nixon Said?
Gary J. Bass of The New York Times stated that we shocked when hearing the content of the tapes. Most of the time Richar discussed all this with his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger. “Undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world are the Indian women,” said Mr. Nixon. Nixon then repeated the word ” undoubtedly” with a derogatory emphasis. He further added, “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 animallike charm, but God, those Indians, ack, pathetic. Uch.”
- During a break from a debate in Parliament with then Prime Minister of India, Nixon talked about his sexual disgust. He said to Kissinger, “To me, they turn me off. How the hell do they turn other people on, Henry? Tell me.”
- On November 12, 1971, while in the middle of Indo-Pak tensions Richard reprimanded PM Indra Gandhi. He said, “I don’t know how they reproduce”.
- On June 3, 1971, Nixon was infuriated with India for sheltering millions of war hit and traumatized Bengalis. He then said about Indians that, ” They are a scavenging people”.
- Richard Nixon with his bitter and uncivilized tongue also spoke of Pakistan. While discussing with Mr. Kissinger he said, “I tell you, the Pakistanis are fine people, but they are primitive in their mental structure. They just don’t have the subtlety of the Indians.”
For decades Richard Nixon and Mr. Kissinger have talked of themselves as real political talkers. But these tapes present a radically contrasting picture. A picture of absolute racism and misogyny.