India: Dilemma in the Punjab

Dilemma in the Punjab The scene at the holiest of holy Sikh temples was an improbable mixture of medieval pageantry and contemporary political protest. At the gates of the compound in the old city of Amritsar, 278 miles northwest of New Delhi, stood hundreds of blue-turbaned Sikh guards; their scimitars and steel-tipped spears were at the ready. On a rooftop across from the Golden Temple, helpers placed scented wood in immolation vats.

Near by, eight Sikhs in saffron "burning" robes softly chanted their final prayers.

Inside one of the temples lay the man who had started it all: Sant (Saint) Fateh...

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