INDIA: Impasse under the Roses

The Indians came up one of Simla's highest, loveliest, fir-green hills to the viceregal lodge. Jawaharlal Nehru rode on a brown-and-white-spotted Yarkand pony; fierce-eyed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and goateed Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad each came in a ricksha pulled by four runners; tall, bearded Khan Abdul Ghaffar came on his own long legs; Mohamed Ali Jinnah and his Moslem League delegation in an ancient, khaki-colored Humber sedan.

Round a teakwood table, in the guarded secrecy of a Chiefs-of-Staff strategy conference, the Congress and Moslem League leaders talked with the three-man British Cabinet...

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