NEPAL: Robin Hood of the Himalayas

From his gleaming white palace among the golden pagodas in Katmandu, hollow-cheeked King Mahendra issued a royal decree: the new Prime Minister of Nepal is Dr. Kunwar Inderjit Singh. To his neighbors in the two most populous nations in the world, the King's choice was of major significance. Tiny Nepal lies on a 4,000-ft.-to-9,000-ft. slope of the Himalayas between Red China and India, and is a pawn in the tense frontier rivalry between them. The Foreign Ministries in both countries last week probably had legitimate misgivings about how Singh will swing.

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