INDIA: Bejeweled Blacklegs

The world's fattest trade union, facing a major crisis, last week showed no more solidarity than a flock of peacocks in a thunderstorm. India's Chamber of Princes (an undisciplined brotherhood of rajas, maharajas and nawabs, with a stray Gaekwar and Holkar) held its annual conference in Bombay's Taj Mahal Hotel. The princes looked out over the bay and pondered a prospect that many a union man has faced before—technological unemployment.

Gone like the rains of yesteryear were the comfortable questions which former annual conferences had discussed: How much should a prince take...

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