A colleague asks if there were any official tributes by the government of India following Churchill’s death in January 1965. He was curious to know if Indian attitudes half a century ago were as virulent as they are in some quarters today.
There were indeed tributes from India. Heidi Eggerton of the Churchill Archives Centre provided this coverage in The Times of 25 January 1965, page 8, under the heading:
“Leader with Magic Personality”
DELHI, 24 JANUARY 1965— The Indian tricolour flying on all public buildings in preparation for Republic Day on Tuesday, was lowered to half-mast today….…
Excerpted from a tribute in Finest Hour, Summer 2013.
Barbara Langworth with Lady Thatcher, British Embassy, Washington, 5 November 1993
Everyone has read of Lady Thatcher’s career. Everyone depending on their politics will have their own vision of her. It is left to say here what she meant to the memory of Winston Churchill, who she revered more than any premier who held office between them.
Margaret Thatcher was named an honorary member of the International Churchill Society shortly after she resigned as prime minister in November 1990, not without concern. She had always been controversial.…
An author would like to include a quotation which he believes may have originated from Sir Winston Churchill. Purportedly, Churchill was told by a man, “If I had not been a German I would have wanted to be an Englishman.” To this he replied, “If I had not been born an Englishman, I too would have wanted to be an Englishman.” —H.P., London
I checked this line, and variations and pieces of it, against my digital file of 50 million words by and about Churchill, including all his books, articles, speeches and published papers, but there were no hits. It doesn’t sound like him, really, since the only time he contemplated being anything other than English was after the war: