India: Victory for Good Sense

Moslems and Hindus have lived side by side in bitter, sometimes bloody enmity ever since Turkish invaders brought Islam to the Indian subcontinent 900 years ago. Last week, in a dramatic repudiation of the ancient animosity, a Moslem was elected for the first time to the presidency of predominantly Hindu India. He is Zakir Husain, 70, a former university chancellor who had been Vice President for five years under President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who did not seek reelection.

The election of a Moslem to India's highest, though largely ceremonial, post would have pleased...

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