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dated May 4, 1950: Tributes to Harold Laski

The following message from the Indian Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was read out at a special thanksgiving meeting organised by the Indian League in London in memory of Prof. Harold Laski, whose death had occurred earlier, in March 1950:

``It is difficult to realise that Professor Harold Laski is no more. Lovers of freedom all over the world pay tribute to the magnificent work that he did. We in India are particularly grateful for his staunch advocacy of India's freedom, and the great part he played in bringing it about. At no time did he falter or compromise on the principles he held dear, and a large number of persons drew splendid inspiration from him. Those who knew him personally counted that association as a rare privilege, and his passing away has come as a great sorrow and a shock...''

``The late Prof. Laski, of considerable international reputation, had been a distinguished Professor of Political Science connected with the University of London, and a former Chairman of the British Labour Party's Executive. The meeting in his memory had been organised by the India League. The High Commissioner for India, Mr. Krishna Menon, who had studied in London under Prof. Laski for ten years, said India owed him a special debt of gratitude for having been actively associated with the struggle for Independence for nearly 30 years. Many of his former pupils had gone on to attain high positions in various parts of the world. In India itself there was not a University, which did not have a student of Laski's on its teaching staff...''

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