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Gaganvihari Lallubhai Mehta

Gaganvihari Lallubhai Mehta (1900–1974) was the ambassador of India to the United States from 1952 to 1958. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1954 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1959. He was famously refused service in a Houston airport restaurant because he was not white, leading John Foster Dulles to conclude that US segregation was hurting foreign relations. He was son of Sir Lallubhai Shamaldas.[1]

Political offices
Preceded by
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Ambassador to the United States
1952-1958
Succeeded by
M.C. Chagla

References

  1. ^ G.L. Mehta: A Many Splendoured Man by his daughter, Dr. Aparna Basu (Concept Publishing, 2001).


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