Prime Minister Nehru Writes to Students at LRSH

In 1958, LRSH students sent Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India letters and drawings wishing him a happy birthday.

In response, he wrote:

I am glad to know that you have been learning about India in your class. India is very far away from America, and there are many things here which are different from what you find in America. But behind these differences are children and boys and girls who, perhaps, are not very different. It is when people grow up that they become rigid in their thinking and views, and look at differences more that similarities.

Just as you are learning something about India, I should like children in India to learn about America and other countries, If we could know each other and understand each other more, the world would be a better place to live in.

Read the letter in its entirety below: