INDIA: Journey's End?

Heavy-lidded, his inevitable rose limp in his buttonhole, Jawaharlal Nehru stood up behind his teakwood desk in Parliament one day last week and said, almost inaudibly: "We have reached the conclusion of our journey." After 40 hours of debate and long years of dickering, India was going to get a new States Reorganization Bill, reapportioning the country into 14 large and viable states and six centrally run enclaves, e.g., the capital city of New Delhi. The bill repelled the chaotic factions who have cried for the fragmentation of India along the boundary lines of its 844 languages and dialects....

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