India: All the Way Back to Square One

Sikh terrorists stage a massacre, and hopes for Punjab dim

Dusk was falling as the four Sikhs climbed into the crowded bus near the small town of Tanda. They wore rough shawls against the winter cold. The bus was hardly under way when the four pulled automatic weapons from beneath their garments and forced the Hindu driver to turn onto a lonely country road. There the gunmen ordered all Sikh men—identifiable by their turbans and beards—Muslims and women to get off the bus. They commanded the remaining 33 passengers, most of them Hindu, to shout the praises of a Sikh terrorist recently killed in a police shoot-out. Then, as the frightened...

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