WORLD COURT: The Talmudists

For more than ten years Portugal and India have been squabbling over a dozen small chunks of land which are all that remain of the 450-year-old Portuguese empire in India. Last week the 15-man International Court of Justice in The Hague handed down a judgment on the dispute worthy of a conclave of Talmudists.

At issue before the court was the fate of Dadrá and Nagar Aveli, two tiny (126 sq. mi.) Portuguese enclaves tucked away in the lush forests of Bombay State. In 1954, when the primitive Warlie tribesmen of the two enclaves chased out their Portuguese overlords, the...

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