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From 50 Years Ago: King Mahendra's Visit.

Editorial from Volume XIV, No 16, April 21 1962.

It would be a very welcome relief to the undertone of strain in Indo-Nepalese rela-tions of late if King Mahendra’s visit to this country produced some tangible evidence of his rethinking on the issue of restoring democracy in his hill country of ten million people. Although the Chinese threat to India’s northern border loomed in the background, a more immediate problem confronted India when the King appeared to banish democracy – as India knows it – from his country by the arrest and dismissal of his elected Government.

Pandit Nehru gave open expression to India’s disappointment. Some critics have characterised this as interference in Nepal’s internal affairs. They have contrasted it with Nehru’s silence on General Ne Win’s take-over in Burma…

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