India: Blood in the Streets

In 1947 the partition of India into two independent nations unleashed such bitter religious strife between Moslem and Hindu that the subcontinent nearly drowned in blood. More than 100,000 people were killed and 12 million left homeless in an orgy of butchery, rape and destruction. Last week the horrible memories of those ugly days came back to India as mobs ran loose in Kashmir, East Pakistan and West Bengal.

First came the troubles in Indian Kashmir's capital of Srinagar, where the loss of a treasured Moslem relic kindled anti-Hindu feelings (TIME, Jan. 10). As rumors spread, Moslem mobs in East...

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