INDIA: The Battle of the Book

The bitterest communal riots since the 1947 partition convulsed much of India last week and spread across the border to Pakistan. At least 23 Hindus and Moslems were dead, another 500 injured. The riots ripped the delicate fabric of peaceful Hindu-Moslem relations and dealt a cruel blow to Prime Minister Nehru's belief that in nine years of the "secular" state the ancient religious animosities of his people had been "healed and forgotten."

The trouble was caused, oddly enough, by an obscure book published in the U.S. 14 years ago. One day last month a rabble-rousing Moslem editor named Ishaq Almi from...

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