INDIA: Five-Year Fuse

Jawaharlal Nehru thought he knew where India's dragon lay, and went off to slay him. "Communalism," he declared, "is India's greatest enemy. In the north, this communal poison has created hatred between Hindus and Sikhs. In the south, it has created antagonism between Brahmins and non-Brahmins . . . Unless we wipe out these communal parties, India will go to pieces."

By "communalism" he meant India's ancient and narrow religious practices. The princes, priests and fanatics, with the ancient magic of caste and superstition, obscured Nehru's dream of a modern, self-sufficient India. Last week, with three-fourths of the returns counted...

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