Yesterday (Wednesday) India presented United Nations Secretary General U Thant with the 100,000 Rupee (about GBP4, 760) Nehru memorial award, recognising what an official citation called his patient quest for world peace.
Ceremony - U Thant speaking (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: U Thant: The award is very significantly named "Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding." Although the obvious meaning of the word "Understanding" is clear to all of us, I would like to go a little more deeply into its true meaning. This word has been used time and time again as denoting an indispensable attribute for those who seek an amicable co-operation among peoples as well as among nations. A well-known writer once pointed out the nature of the "understanding" between the spider and the fly. They understand each other only too well, but do not achieve amity. Clearly a more extensive type of understanding is necessary in order to achieve the desired ends which we all have in mind.
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Background: Yesterday (Wednesday) India presented United Nations Secretary General U Thant with the 100,000 Rupee (about GBP4, 760) Nehru memorial award, recognising what an official citation called his patient quest for world peace. The award, founded in memory of the late Prime Minister, was presented by President Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.
The Secretary-General is currently on a five-nation Asian tour. He is the first man to be honoured by the Nehru Award which will be presented each year for "outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship among peoples of the world".
Accepting the award, U Thant said to foster international co-operation "our understanding of each other must therefore include respect for the person and respect for the culture of society he represents.
Here is an extract from the Secretary-General's reply: