World leaders watch Nehru leaving for his maiden trip to Beijing in October 1954. Seen on the cartoon are US Secretary of State Dulles (with a bomb), Pakistan PM Mohammed Ali (with a knife), Churchill and Malenkov of USSR (with a frown).
(Shankar / Shankar's Weekly / October 17, 1954)
During this visit, Mao stunned Nehru by telling him that he considered the atom bomb to be a 'paper tiger'.
"The atom bomb is nothing to be afraid of," Mao told Nehru; "China has many people. They cannot be bombed out of existence. If someone else can drop an atomic bomb, I can too. The death of ten or twenty million people is nothing to be afraid of."