Killing the messenger

Print edition : October 04, 2013

Taipei: January 3, 1950: Madame Chiang reaches for the legion of merit medal sent to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Beinjing, October 15, 1969: "Red China" Chairman Mao Zedong with his chosen successor Lin Biao at the People's Liberation Army reception in the Great Hall of the People. Lin waves the Red Book of Mao quotations. Photo: AP

New Delhi, June 1954: Prime Ministers Zhou Enlai and Jawaharlal Nehru. Photo: the hindu archives

On the fate of envoys who speak the truth at the risk of blighting their future.
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