Foreign News: The Unhelpful Indians

The scene: India's Upper House of Parliament. The issue: U.S. airlift of French reinforcements across Asia to Indo-China. The question from the floor: Would the U.S. Globemasters "transgress" Indian territory? Prime Minister Nehru's reply: "It has been the policy of the government for the past six years not to allow foreign troops to pass through or fly over India." There was indeed such an Indian policy, but Nehru chose to restate it in a desperate hour when his remarks would give sharp offense to the U.S. (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). Parliament got the point;...

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