Foreign News: The Raj Does Not Forget

Old men in caravansaries puffed at their hookahs and wagged a knowing finger. Richly garbed palace servants chattered in the courtyards. In Bombay's Willingdon Club the smart set gushed about it over chotapeg. The talk even slid through the lacelike alabaster screens in the harems. In the midst of internal revolution, with a Japanese invasion threatened, His Highness the Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shree Yeshwant Rao Holkar Bahadur ("Junior" to American friends) had abdicated.

One of the richest men in the world and one of the most progressive of India's 562 princely rulers, the...

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