INDIA: A Rise of Voices

Throughout India last week there was an increasingly articulate protest against the leadership—or lack of it—of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

A year ago, when Nehru talked of stepping down from office because he was getting "flat and stale" and querulous, his ruling Congress Party begged him to remain at the helm. Congressmen cried: "Panditji, you are leaving us orphans!" and Nehru had consented to remain in office. Leaving this emotional scene, one Congressman, who had joined in the sycophantic clamor, said to another: "The farce is over. Let's go home and laugh."...

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