India: A Sad Centennial

Much of the civilized world this week is noting the centennial of the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, India's great apostle of peace and nonviolence. Yet in the western Indian state of Gujarat, where the Mahatma was born on Oct. 2, 1869, his own countrymen set the stage for the anniversary observances with the bloodiest religious riots since independence 22 years ago.

In a seven-day outburst of communal hatred, Hindu and Moslem mobs tore through the capital city of Ahmedabad, a prosperous and progressive metropolis of 1,600,000 graced by four buildings designed by Le...

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