Books: To Have & To Hold

INDIA WITHOUT FABLE—Kate L Mitchell—Knopf ($2.50).

Kate L. Mitchell, with facts at her fingertips and her heart on her sleeve, has compressed India into 289 pages of polemic research and a seven-page, let's-do-something-about-it epilogue. She has no warm appreciation of the vagaries of the Hindu caste system, no piercing analysis of Mohandas K. Gandhi's mystical power over the Indian masses. What she has done is to provide the U.S. public with a book that transforms the late Katherine Mayo's blowsy Mother India into a comparatively understandable problem child.

Miss Mitchell has no quarrel with the British people, having more than a touch of...

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