KASHMIR: The Prince & Plato

With the help of Plato, 21-year-old Yuvraj (Crown Prince) Karan Singh, Prince Regent of embattled Kashmir, last week was trying to choose between duty and a maharaja's fortune (once estimated at $75 million). Karan, a Hindu, has been nominal ruler, since 1949, of predominantly Moslem Kashmir in place of his exiled father. Kashmir's real ruler, the man who banished Karan's father, is Prime Minister Sheik Mohammed Abdullah, a Moslem. As he had long threatened to do, Abdullah persuaded the Kashmir constituent assembly to abolish the 106-year-old dynasty of the ruling Singhs. As a sop to the sentiments of the...

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