INDIA: Day of Dust & Silence

Great clouds of dust rolled in with blistering heat from the Rajputana desert and hung over New Delhi this week. Outside the Viceroy's House hundreds of heavily armed British and Indian troops mopped their faces, sputtered and coughed. Inside, around a huge table in the viceregal study, India was being divided.

Just back from London, Rear Admiral Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, Viceroy of India, stoutly urged the Hindu, Moslem and other leaders and princes to accept Britain's plan to keep India united

(TIME, June 2). But he knew that was a hope long gone. He offered the alternative operation. British India...

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