When multiple tongues wag, messages are lost in translation.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first Prime Minister, was a better-known victim of this malaise. In the late 1930s, Nehru, then a leader of India’s freedom struggle, made an unscheduled stop at the Mangor Hill aerodrome of Goa in the port town of Mormugão, while flying to a meeting in South India.
The news spread like bushfire that Panditji had arrived. A huge crowd congregated at the aerodrome to hear him speak. The impromptu assembly drew the attention of the authorities. The Administrador of Mormugão went to Mangor Hill to monitor the proceedings and ensure that Nehru did not address the masses.
As Nehru stood surrounded by his admirers, who kept urging him to address the gathering, the Administrador rushed up to him.
‘You cannot speak!’ he cried frantically. ‘You cannot speak!’ What he had meant to say was, ‘You are not permitted to speak.’
‘Oh, but I can speak,’ countered an annoyed Nehru. ‘There is nothing wrong with my voice.’
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