INDIA: Unto Death

Five times in the past, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has announced that he was going to "fast unto death" unless political opponents gave way on some point or other. Five times he has lost a few pounds, won all his points, lived on. At high noon one day last week the skinny, 80-pound, 69-year-old Mahatma sat down before a crowd of sympathetic spectators and ate a meal of brown bread, cooked vegetables, oranges and a cup of hot goat's milk. Then he retired to a rustic cot in a room as bare as a...

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