INDIA: Violent Deadlock


The position of the British Raj in the Indian civil-disobedience campaign was summed up by a man in New Delhi: "You Americans think that we are sitting on top of a powder keg. We're not. We're sitting on an anthill. We may get ants in our pants, but we'll ride it out." Committed to smashing the power of the Indian National Congress party, the Raj cracked down harder than before.

Army officers from the rank of captain up were given permission to order their men to shoot to kill anyone damaging property or failing to halt when challenged. Patna authorities threatened to...

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