INDIA: Princes on Strike

There would be no free tickets to the viceregal audience for India's princes in New Delhi this year, though all other preparations for it had been made. In the narendra Mandal (Chamber of Princes) the two high-backed plush thrones (for the Viceroy and his wife) had been dusted off. The red velvet Victorian armchairs (for India's princes) were all in place. The heavy Mogul tapestries had been hung from the high marble walls. The thick red carpet had been duly swept. India's princely rulers, each entitled to his salute of guns, should...

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