INDIA: Above the Riot

What makes Prime Minister Nehru a master of compromise is his distaste for simple defeat. But last week it looked as if Nehru would have to admit that his Congress Party scheme for revising India's state boundaries according to language blocs was a dead duck.

The rioting that began in Bombay (TIME, Jan. 30) spread right across India. Mobs squatted on railroad tracks to halt trains, crowded onto airfields to prevent planes from landing, blocked roads with trees, broke into jails and freed convicts, looted stores, ripped down telephone wires. Newspapers that had given Nehru steady support were charging the...

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