India: Majoring in Mayhem

The mood of India's 1,700,000 university-level students is black. For the past two months they have been on the rampage in more than 150 Indian cities and towns: fighting police, roughing up faculty members, overturning vehicles, burning cinemas, and stoning the offices and homes of government officials. Last week in the northern city of Jammu, a mob of 1,000 students tossed bricks at police for hours until retaliatory gunfire killed three students. In some areas, student rioting has already exceeded in damage and ferocity the anti-British demonstrations that preceded independence.

While there could be no excuse for such wanton rampaging,...

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