INDIA: New Ruler of 400,000,000

"The politician, who has to persuade and confute, must keep an open and flexible mind, accustomed to criticism and argument; the mind of the soldier, who commands and obeys without question, is apt to be fixed, drilled, and attached to definite rules. . . . That each should understand the other better is essential for the conduct of modern war."

Britain's versatile Sir Archibald Percival Wavell, essayist as well as general, spoke these words in prewar 1939 while lecturing at Cambridge. It is doubtful if he even dreamed then that he would ever...

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