INDIA: A Duck for Rajrishi

A rickety train with wooden seats last week brought a crotchety old man called Rajrishi (King of Saints) into the town of Gandhinagar and into the center of India's tense and teeming political stage. Rajrishi Purushottamdas Tandon, 68, white-bearded and frail, had beaten candidates backed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the presidency of India's dominant Congress Party. Nehru stood for progress and Westernization (with important reservations). Tandon stood for the dim & distant past, for pressure on the Moslem minority, for a Hindu state (with no reservations whatever).

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