INDIA: Nine Men

Inside Delhi's massive 17th Century Red Fort, nine men trooped from their prison quarters last week. In a small, bare courtroom they heard themselves formally charged with the murder of Mohandas Gandhi.

Thirty-six-year-old Hindu Extremist Nathuram Vinayak Godse, who was robust and defiant the day he fired the shots, was thinner now, four months later. He stared grimly, with large, vacant eyes—sometimes at the court, more often at the floor. Most of his fellow defendants, charged with conspiring in Gandhi's death, slouched on wooden benches in the hot room, chatted among themselves, kept court attendants hopping with demands for cool...

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