India: A Plague of Unrest

India is undergoing another plague of political unrest. It grows out of last February's elections, in which Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Congress Party, in an unprecedented defeat, lost control of nine of India's 17 states. In only one of those states did a non-Congress party emerge with a large enough majority to rule alone. In all of the others, the vote was so splintered that the parties were forced to form coalitions that sometimes included as many as 14 parties of wildly incompatible political persuasions. The result in some states was chaos, in others instability. Taking advantage of this situation,...

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