Quote of the Day

My father was a statesman; I’m a political woman. My father was a saint. I’m not.

–Indira Gandhi

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

4 thoughts on “Quote of the Day”

  1. That would make sense if she were the daughter of the Mahatma. But in fact her father was Jawaharlal Nehru, who was about as saintly as Richard Nixon. Filial piety can be carried to the point of absurdity.

    1. Nehru wasn’t a saint, but he had a strong sanctimonious streak, and was a pretty idealistic fellow. A persistent criticism of Nehru in Indian politics these days is that his foreign policy was unrealistically driven by values, for example. I’m certainly aware of nothing he did that would justify a *Nixon* comparison.

      Are you thinking about his sexual and romantic affairs perhaps? But I’m pretty sure Indira Gandhi here was talking politics, not sexual and personal ethics.

      1. Yes, Nehru certainly had sanctimony. So did Nixon. But saintliness? Ask the Kashmiris.

  2. Mention of the Mahatma Gandhi often brings to mind the story of when he was asked, “What do you think of Western civilization?”, and he replied, “I think that would be a very good idea.”

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