INDIA: The Psychosis of Fear

Old Delhi had seen nothing like it since the fight for independence from the British Raj. Refugees and merchants, intellectuals and beggars, untouchables and children came surging from the dusty bazaars of the ancient capital, chanting "Hands off Asia" and "We don't want Pakistan to be another Korea." In Gandhi Park, the crowd milled around a great map of Asia, while Congress Party leaders attacked the "unholy and ill-designed" plan for U.S. arms aid to Pakistan.

Last week such noisy but nonviolent mass demonstrations were going on across all India, ordered by...

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