INDIA: Gandhi Wedding

Because he was so imprudent as to fill his slack old stomach with a few dates soaked in water, St. Gandhi lay on a couch last week speechless from stomach ache at the wedding of his plump son Devadas to Miss Luxmi Raja Gopal Achariar, daughter of a Nationalist Congress leader.

The bride was a Brahman, highest of the four Hindu castes.* The Gandhis belong to the Vaishya or shopkeeper caste. While many marvelled, Devadas Gandhi knelt before a roaring fire in a ceremony of purification, was married by a saffron-robed priest who mumbled...