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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1303
AUTHOR: Indira Gandhi (1917–84)
QUOTATION: We would rather starve than sell our national honor.
ATTRIBUTION: INDIRA GANDHI, prime minister of India, remark at election meeting in Nagpur, India, as reported by The New York Times, January 23, 1967, p. 1.

India had accepted trade restrictions with North Vietnam and Cuba to get grain from the United States. Prime Minister Gandhi said this did not compromise the country’s honor because India had not been trading with North Vietnam, and her trade with Cuba was limited to the selling of jute products, which was not objected to by the United States.
SUBJECTS: Patriotism