THE NATION: Leadership

In Calcutta recently, frenzied Hindus and Moslems were knifing and beating each other to death. In this crisis, a septuagenarian Indian decided not to eat. The effect of the decision was miraculous. Almost immediately the murdering ceased, and temporarily and locally, at least, one of India's abysmal problems was resolved. This week, the Indian, Mohandas Gandhi, was in New Delhi. He had stopped his fast; now he tried prayers and meditation.

U.S. citizens, of course, think this an odd way of getting things done. If President Truman, for instance, should declare that he would take nothing but water with...

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