India: Back With the Rain

Endless armadas of heavy monsoon clouds bombarded central India with the heaviest rains in a century (187.7 in. since June), bringing new life to the parched plains. Everywhere shining green shoots burst; from the fields. In Delhi, the poor took shelter from the downpour, thankful for relief from incessant heat. Outside the capital, amidst the ruins of forts and royal tombs, peacocks spread their glistening fans and danced for their mates.

Back with the rain came Premier Lai Bahadur Shastri, 59, looking none the worse for his apparently mild heart attack. Bustling in and out of his office, he paid...

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