In his first fortnight as U.S. Ambassador to India, ex-Adman Chester Bowles gave signs of being a revolution in diplomacy and a revelation to New Delhi. He got off to an auspicious start by forgetting to pack his striped pants and morning coat. For the formal presentation of his credentials to India's President Rajendra Prasad, Bowles borrowed a pair of suspenders from his public-affairs officer, and a morning coat (too tight) and striped trousers (too big) from the Italian ambassador.

New Delhi was fascinated by a western diplomat with so little regard for pomp & circumstance. Reporters thronged Bowles's first...

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