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Jawaharlal Nehru with Sidney Holland

Jawaharlal Nehru with Sidney Holland

Jawaharlal Nehru (left), the first prime minister of an independent India, appears in this photo with New Zealand Prime Minister Sidney Holland (centre), probably at a Commonwealth prime ministers' conference in London in 1956. Nehru had been one of the most high-profile leaders in the long struggle for Indian independence, working closely with Mohandas 'Mahatma' Gandhi. After independence in 1947, Nehru was a leader of the non-aligned movement, believing that newly emerging nations should not take sides in the Cold War. Holland, in contrast, was a firm believer that New Zealand should be a staunch ally of the UK and the US in their confrontation with communism.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Asian conflicts - Cold War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2016