UNITED NATIONS: The Edge of the Precipice

Last week the Premiers of India and Pakistan were partners in diplomacy for high stakes. After a seven-day conference over communal problems, Jawaharlal Nehru and Liaquat Ali Khan had worked out an agreement which, if it could be made to work, might restore peace to a subcontinent on the verge of war.

Approved by both Pakistan's Constituent Assembly and India's Parliament, the agreement outlined plans to protect the rights of minority peoples and to punish any who violated those rights. The mere signing of the agreement created a calm among both Moslems and Hindus, so that the torrent of refugees which...

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