INDIA: The Favorite

Six months ago sharp-tongued, devious V. K. Krishna Menon was probably the most widely disliked man in India. Even his colleagues considered him insufferably arrogant, and too clever by far. When Jawaharlal Nehru decided to make him a Minister without Portfolio, some of India's top politicians fought a bitter rearguard action against the appointment. When Menon voted against a U.N. resolution calling for withdrawal of Soviet troops from Hungary, India rang with demands for his expulsion from public life. But last week, when Krishna Menon was sworn in as India's Minister of Defense-a job previously held by Nehru himself—not...

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