INDIA: Spadecarners

In the ornate mosques of Delhi, Lahore, Peshawar and Hyderabad this month were gathering hundreds of determined young Moslems in brown uniforms, armed with spades. They were Khaksars, "the Humble as the Dust," meeting for "a certain religious observance." But India's Viceroy, the Marquess of Linlithgow, has had some experience with Khaksar humility and Britain has had plenty with subject peoples who want to make hay while her sun is eclipsed. Last week the Marquess hastily ordered India's provincial Governments to declare the Khaksar movement illegal "wherever necessary."

To some of India's 78,000,000 Mohammedans, suckled on the fighting creed of...

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