INDIA: Still It Goes On

In New Delhi one morning last week, a plump, bespectacled little man in a conspicuously Western suit rose before India's bored Constituent Assembly. Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Law Minister and chairman of the constitutional drafting committee, was proposing the eleventh of the new Indian Constitution's 315 articles: "Untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden. The enforcement of any disability arising out of untouchability shall be an offense punishable according to law."

The chairman announced that Article 11 was passed without opposition. The chamber came alive resounding with handclapping and...

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