INDIA: Shunted Aside

There have been more dramatic dismissals—Harry Truman's firing of General Douglas MacArthur in 1951, for example, or Harold Macmillan's simultaneous sacking of seven Cabinet ministers in a 1962 action that earned him the sobriquet "Mac the Knife." But rarely has a top government official been given the boot in as bizarre a fashion as was the chairman of India's Railway Board, B.C. Ganguli.

Since he was appointed to the Cabinet earlier this year, Railway Minister K. Hanumanthaiya, 63, has been at loggerheads with Ganguli, his top civil servant. Ganguli, 57, who was with the railroad for 34 years, was known...

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