Nasser during his first meeting with the Indian leader Nehru.  

Nasser during his first meeting with the Indian leader Nehru.   

Nasser during his first meeting with the Indian leader Nehru.

 

 On this day (February, 15) in 1955, Gamal Abdel Nasser met with the Indian leader Nehru for the first time. Nasser was thirty-seven years of age, as he was born in January, 15, 1918, while Nehru was sixty-four years of age, as he was born in November, 14, 1889, and had been elected the Prime Minister of his county since its independence in August 15, 1947. "in spite of the age difference, indeed, "each one of them was, deeply and powerfully, touched by the other," according to Hekkel. "This bond of friendship was in its quickness, deepness, and powerfulness a love at first sight, and as in most cases, the bond occurred between two perfectly different persons..Abdel Nasser was a mighty, powerful, practical man, whereas Nehru was a humble, skinny, and was a man of intellect," Hekkel adds.

"He was influenced by the Islamic though..a Hindu born in the Islamic Ahmedabad, brought up close to Islam, consistently speaking of Muslim philosophers, perfectly fascinated by Islamic history," Hekkel says, as he reflects on the character of Nehru.

"Maybe it was his sense of history that favored him with the gift of the sharp eye, for he had the sense that enabled him to be aware of the unity of the world, and of the unity of history; fleeing to history whenever faced with problems, searching for its causes among his ancestors. The Yugoslav leader Tito used tease him saying, "with Nehru, every thing starts before Christ," Hekkel points out.

"Abdel Nasser found in Nehro a man of intellect. A one who is capable of fully observing and discussing problems, through logically concluding their roots, causes, and effects, as well as, the most suitable solutions. This side, that is, the rational thinking in Nehru was what appealed to Abdel Nasser. And for Nehru, he had towards Abdel Nasser, the feeling of a father to a son; and as it is the case with most fathers, he found in his son what impressed him, but what worried him as well...he was empressed with yet concerned about Abdel Nasser's boldness ....he was proud of, covetous of his ability to work hard ...yet he was apprehensive for it in the manner of contemplative, instructive father whose son is fascinated with climbing mountains," Hekkel confirms.

Their meeting came in this context. Henkel mentions that Nenru's visit took three days. "things went far too well, for Abdel Nasser decided to dedicate a whole day to converse with Nehru without formality. Thus, he arranged for both of them to spend the day on a Nile streamer, launching from Semiramis Hotel to El Qanater El Khayreya (the Benevolent Bridges), which took four hours to sail forward, as well as to return back. They spent the whole time talking except for dinner. When abdel Nasser wanted to immediately resume conversations, Nehru refused saying, "you should give us some time to take a nap", as he sat on his chair, contemplating in the banks of the river, befor he fell a sleep for five minutes, then woke up ready. Abdel Nasser had started the morning saying, "yesterday we spoke formally, but today I want you to talk to me about planning," Hekkel confirms. "He new not enough of planning, for he had no experience in planning the future of the nation, yet he thought the Indian leader had it. Thus he specifically asked Nehru, "how do we plan?", says Hekkel.

"As the stream was sailing through the Nile, passing ancient villages, they spent the morning discussing planting, for in that world the word planning was unknown". " I wish I could completely retire politics to concentrate on planning, for it is the only field that gives one an opportunity to accomplish a certain thing", Nehru told Abdel Nasser. " yet I doubt whether one is able to accomplish the things he want", Nehru continued after plunging into a fit of consistent contemplation, which was one of his characteristics," Hekkel adds.

"consistently, Nehru was giving his opinion then, contemplating what he said, rereveled it, then redenied it, for it could be he was over contemplating,"Hekkel comments.

"In the fternoon, the conversation turned to world affairs...Nehru was eager for the world's recognition of the communist China, and [said] China is like Himalaya Mountains; no one ought to say Himalaya do not exist in Asia. For on denying them, you deny a fact. Then you [secondly] are holding yourself from discovering what lays behind them...and he was extremely interested in the atom, and use to say, "it is both war and peace, whether through victory, or through increasing production", Hekkel continues.

He was not concerned by little matters....as he preferred to paint large tableaus of broad topics, as science, peace and war", Hekkel comments.

"Thier conversation took the entire day, as the young Arab revolutionist was listening with all his heart to the veteran intellectual Hindu. The conversation went on between the former, who had a clear vision of where to go and what to do, and the latter, whose way and approach were troubled with intellectual reservation....yet in that day Nehru told Abdel Nasser," the more we talk, the more I believe we share the same ideas," Hekkel confirms.