INDIA: Course of an Ideal

Five years ago, in the village of Pothampalli near Hyderabad, Vinoba Bhave, ascetic disciple of the late Mahatma Gandhi, saw the light: the solution to India's problems was land redistribution. Thereupon, Bhave set out with a few of his own disciples to persuade India's landowners to give away portions of their land (TIME, May 11, 1953). Bhave's target was 50 million acres (one-sixth of India's cultivated land) for 50 million landless laborers, and his appeal was spiritual; he asked landlords to treat him as their "fifth son." Last week, having walked more than 10,000 miles, prayed and pleaded...

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