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03 May : V. K. Krishna Menon's birth anniversary
 
Savitri Phule

“That expression positive neutrality is a contradiction in terms. There can be no more positive neutrality than there can be a vegetarian tiger.”
- V. K. Krishna Menon

Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon (V. K. Krishna Menon) (b. 3 May 1896 – d. 6 October 1974) was an Indian nationalist, diplomat and statesman, described as the second most powerful man in India by Time magazine and others after his ally and intimate friend, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Noted for his eloquence, brilliance, and forceful, highly abrasive persona, Menon inspired widespread adulation and fervent detraction in both India and the West; to his supporters, he was an unapologetic champion of India in the face of Western imperialism, who famously "taught the white man his place"; to his Western detractors, "Nehru's evil genius". U.S. president Dwight D Eisenhower characterised him as a "menace ... governed by an ambition to prove himself the master international manipulator and politician of the age", while Indian president K.R. Narayanan eulogised him as a truly great man; decades after his death, Menon remains an enigmatic and controversial figure. He was repeatedly elected to both houses of the Indian parliament from constituencies as varied as Bombay, Bengal, and his native Kozhikode, Kerala, and served as a minister without portfolio, and later as Minister of Defense, overseeing the modernization of the Indian military and development of the Indian military-industrial complex, and spearheading the Indian annexation of Goa.

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