INDIA: Delegates in Wonderland

Next to Russia's Iron Curtain, Red China's bamboo fence is the most impenetrable political barrier in the modern world. Recently, Communist Dictator Mao Tse-tung offered to let 14 Indian observers peek behind the fence (India had allowed a Red Chinese "good will" mission to visit New Delhi last year). Prime Minister Nehru, who is fascinated by the New China, gladly sent the mission, but carefully staffed it with cool-headed observers whose impressions he could trust, as he no longer trusts his credulous ambassador, K. M. Panikkar, now recalled home. As chief delegate he chose his closest confidante and most...

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