INDIA: Mobocracy

Ever since India won its independence from the British, Indians have spent much of their time plotting and battling to be free of other Indians. Each of the 14 major language groups demands a state of its own, and for two years a state commission has been earnestly redrawing boundaries to oblige them. From the start, the biggest trouble was expected from the state of Bombay's 16 million Maha-rashtrians, who reluctantly share a state the size of California with 11 million Gujaratis. Last week trouble came.

The Maharashtrians were warriors and once ruled...

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