India: Return of the Enemies

Two old and irreconcilable foes last week made strong political comebacks. The two—V. K. Krishna Menon and S. K. Patil—won smashing victories in by-elections to the Lok Sabha, India's House of Commons. Both seem eager to renew old battles, with Menon rallying the Indian left and Patil the Indian right.

Lean, falcon-faced Krishna Menon, 73, has traveled the greater distance in making his return to politics. Originally, Menon's position at the top depended on his longtime friendship with Jawaharlal Nehru. It was not enough, however, to save his job as Defense Minister in...

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