INDIA: Flowers on a Gaunt Neck

Each day the Bombay Chronicle ran a picture of a lamp flame. Each day the flame was smaller. It was the only way that censorship could be circumvented on the most dramatic political story since Mohandas K. Gandhi's Congress party was suppressed last August. The flame symbolized the waning strength of bearded, mystical Professor J. P. Bhansali, Gandhi's close and devoted follower, during a 61-day hunger strike.

From Nov. 12 to Jan. 12, Professor Bhansali's remarkable vitality, long husbanded by yoga exercises, was maintained to some extent by baths and oil rubs (although for the first 17 days he took...

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