FROM THE RECORD. WHEN SECRETARY-GENERAL U THANT GRACIOUSLY SERVED MEALS.

 

1 FEBRUARY 2015

FROM THE RECORD. WHEN SECRETARY-GENERAL U THANT GRACIOUSLY SERVED MEALS.

Our gracious first Asian Secretary-General U Thant, who did not hesitate to confront superpowers over Vietnam, Poland and South Africa, was equally confidant enough to display utmost modesty and care for those around him, yet firm enough to confront any attempt to infringe on his designated role, is shown in this photo taken on 25 July 1964 serving meals to about 1,200 individuals during an official visit to Rangoon (now Yangon).

Sharing in the service was his mother, Daw Nan Thaung, whom he publicly revered by affectionately bowing to kiss her hand. He also served meals to monks and offered them gifts in accordance with tradition at the beginning of the Buddhist Lent.