Foreign News: The Rival

After Nehru, the most powerful man in the India government was pudgy Ran Ahmad Kidwai, 60, Minister of Food and Agriculture. Last week Kidwai created something of a sensation at a Congress Party caucus in Lucknow by taking Nehru up on his recent offer to resign. "I am prepared to assume the office of Prime Minister for six months," said Kidwai. "I will do so well in the job that people may not want Nehru back." He chuckled:

"That will make Nehru think twice." A day later, ambitious Ran Ahmad Kidwai collapsed from a heart attack, and died.


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