The dispute over Goa, that pimple of Portuguese sovereignty on India's west coast, has been described by Jawaharlal Nehru as the "acid test" by which India judges other nations: any friend of India's must agree that Portugal should get out. Last week Goa became something of an acid test for India too.

Portugal filed a claim before the World Court in The Hague 21 months ago, protesting that Portuguese were being denied the right to pass across Indian territory to get to two tiny Portuguese enclaves, Dadra and Nagar Aveli. Last week a case reached court—and though the Portuguese right...

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