In the 1950s, Arthur Lall became the Indian Consul General and its Permanent Representative to the United Nations. As diplomat, he was able to help the newly independent India come to the forefront of international affairs. An activist against the use of nuclear weapons, Mr. Lall represented India at the Conference of the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament in 1962. He was the author of several books, including The UN and the Middle East Crisis, 1967 and The Emergence of Modern India.
Mr. Lall continued to be an active member in New York research and policy organizations until his death in 1998. Retired at the time of this interview, conducted on 27 June 1990, his interview focuses on the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956, the first and second emergency sessions of the General Assembly, the onset of war and the first United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I).