BURMA: Reclaimed

In the race for independence, the tricky, smiling Burmans last week forged ahead of their solemn Indian neighbors. A Burman delegation prepared to leave London after quickly getting almost everything—short of outright independence—that it had come for. The process had been relatively quiet and painless, although at times it was a bit embarrassing to all concerned, like Sir Hubert Elvin Ranee's reception.

When Sir Hubert, Burma's Governor, arrived in Rangoon a few months ago, he gave a reception in the palatial red brick Government House. During the Japanese occupation, Government House furniture,...

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