India: Who's Next?

Ever since Britain gave India its freedom in 1947, Independence Day in New Delhi has followed the pattern set by Jawaharlal Nehru, its unvarying master of ceremonies and India's only Prime Minister. Last week's anniversary was no exception. After laying a wreath on the Jumna River bank where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Nehru mounted the ramparts of New Delhi's ancient Red Fort, hoisted India's saffron, green and white tricolor and, beaming proprietorially at the vast multitude below, embarked on his annual address to the nation.

The speech was notably briefer than the Panditji's customary Independence Day oration. Without mentioning Communist...

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