INDIA: Passport to Confusion

It all started when India and Pakistan, hostile ever since their split five years ago, decided that passports would be necessary for travel between the two countries. The rumor spread that the frontier would be permanently closed, leaving minorities on each side at the mercy of old enemies.

As the passport deadline approached last week, a panic-stricken exodus began. About 6,000 Moslems in India fled eastward into East Pakistan. Out of East Pakistan tramped 70,000 Hindus. They came on foot along dusty roads, carrying young and aged, with household goods loaded in bullock carts or in large bundles...

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