Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1327, NSC Unfiled Material, 1971, 5 of 12. Secret; Nodis.Drafted by Harold Saunders.
Delhi, July 6, 1971.
Description of Kissinger-Haksar Talk
Kissinger met alone with Prime Minister Gandhi's personal secretary, P.N. Haksar, at July 6 in New Delhi. The following
represents Dr. Kissinger's brief description of the conversation after he
returned to the Ashoka Hotel.
Kissinger said he had calmed Haksar down. Haksar had started critical comments of the US policy on arms
assistance to Pakistan. Dr. Kissinger said he
had told Haksar that if India were going into a
paroxysm over this there was no way in which the US could respond. If the
Indians could quiet down, the US would try to work
quietly over the next few months to encourage a settlement of the refugee
problem. Dr. Kissinger said that Haksar conceded that
the US could not respond to a
public furor. Haksar said that the government of India had a problem: It did
not want to go to war but it did not know how not to
go to war.
Kissinger recalled that he had told Haksar that he
thought the Indians were just making a lot of noise in order to set up an
invasion of East
He said that he had suggested that he and Haksar talk
about "ways not to have a war."
further conversation with Haksar and Foreign
Secretary Kaul, at dinner, Dr. Kissinger said his
assumption is that they are playing power politics with cold calculations. This
is quite different from the embassy's assumption that this is a genuine Indian
feeling against our arms aid to Pakistan. He said that he had
told Haksar that "we are men of the world."
Haksar knows that aid does not make the difference.
Even if the US shipped all $29 million
worth of military equipment, it would not make any difference in the situation.
So let's stop yelling about something that does not make a difference and talk
90, volume XI, South Asia crisis 1971, Department of State.