February 7

President Ho Chi Minh presided over a governmental meeting, where he asked diplomats to thoroughly study the UN’s newly-introduced concept of ‘mandate.’

India’s President Rajendra Prasad (R) and Prime Minister J.H. Nerhu (L) receive President Ho Chi Minh on his visit to India in 1958

It was a form of handing over administration in colonies through the UN so that local people could achieve independence step by step.
This proved that his top concern was seeking any way for the nation to no longer be a colony.
President Ho continued to preside over a two-day meeting of the Cabinet Council. At the meeting, he placed emphasis on criticism and self-criticism.
On the same day, he issued a decree to award the Resistance Medal to the Mass Education Service, and then left for the Party’s 2nd Congress.
He wrote to My Duc District (at that time, it was in Ha Dong Province) to praise them for fighting against drought.
The letter said, ‘Our people won after facing tough challenges in 8-9 years of resistance. Drought is also a challenge, and our people are determined to successfully fight against drought.’
Continuing his visit to India, which had begun on February 4, he enjoyed a music performance of 3,000 Indian pupils and talked with them.
Indian Prime Minister J.H.Nerhu said, ”For them [the pupils], you are an uncle, not a president.”
After a formal reception by the Indian President, he got out of the car to walk to his residence so that he could meet people from all walks of life who were standing on the sides of the road to welcome him.
The activities and behavior of the Vietnam’s head of state caused admiration among Indian people and the media.
President Ho Chi Minh sent a message to Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk to thank him for backing Vietnam’s viewpoint at negotiations with the US at the Paris conferrence.
When President Ho passed away on September 2, Sihanouk came to Hanoi to attend his funeral.
In Sihanouk’s memoirs, he wrote, ‘I have very much admired Uncle Ho for a long time. He doesn’t only belong to Vietnamese people, but also Indochina, Asia and maybe the world because he always protects the interests of oppressed nations in colonies as well as of Negroes in the US.
“As for me, he is also a comrade. He has sent me heartfelt letters and I always want to see him.”
By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers 

*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Hoang Yen

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