NEPAL: No Man's Land

Though sandwiched in between the world's two most populous giants, the mountain kingdom of Nepal is a sort of no man's land, as yet uncommitted to any particular time or to any particular future. Last week, having covered a Nepalese tour by U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, who is accredited to both India and Nepal, TIME Correspondent Donald S. Connery filed a report on a nation that seems to be having such a trying time breaking into the 20th century:

Youthful (37) King Mahendra, ardent chess player, hunter and poet,* is an absolute ruler...

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