India: Thunder on Left & Right

On the eve of the 16th anniversary of Indian independence, 2,000 demonstrators marched outside Parliament in Delhi, waving banners and chanting: "Leave the throne, Jawaharlal." Inside the horseshoe-shaped chamber, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru faced the first no-confidence motion in his 16 years in power.

The censure motion was sponsored by Nehru's most outspoken political foe, stooped, acerbic J. B. Kripalani, a political independent who was returned to Parliament only two months ago in a surprising by-election victory, after having been swamped by now discredited ex-Defense Minister Krishna Menon in last year's general...

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