Pragmatic | Who said this?

A quick quiz

[Hint: It was an Indian Prime Minister who said this.]

There can be no doubt that an armed revolt has to be met by force and suppressed. There are no two opinions about that and we shall set about it as efficiently and effectively as possible. But our whole past and present outlook is based on force by itself being no remedy … Much more must we remember this when dealing with our own countrymen who have to be won over and not merely suppressed … It may be that the present is no time for the political approach, because it may be construed as a sign of weakness. But anyhow our minds should be clear that and even now onwards we should do nothing which will come in the way of that political approach and we should let it be known that we want to be friends with the Nagas unless they revolt against us.

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This was Jawahar Lal Nehru in a letter to the Assam Chief Minister, Bishnuram Medhi in mid-May 1956, when the Naga rebellion was at its peak.

[Source: Highway39: Journeys through a fractured land by Sudeep Chakravarti]

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