India: An Explosive Quality

It seemed an odd reason for a riot.

For months the government had been discussing plans to build India's fifth state-owned steel mill, and one of the likely sites was near the coastal city of Vizagapatnam in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Several weeks ago, in an effort to force the government's hand to start building the plant soon, a regional patriot named Amruta Rao went on a hunger strike. Little by little, noisy support for his demand spread through out the state. Last week mobs went on a rampage in dozens of towns, burning post offices and railway...

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