INDIA: Every Day St. Valentine's Day

Nowhere in India is poverty more painfully evident than in Calcutta, a begrimed slut of a city where 200,000 people sleep in the streets at night and an unskilled worker earns a pitiful two rupees (260) a day. India's largest metropolis (pop. 7,900,000), the capital of teeming West Bengal State, is also a place where artists and intellectuals thrive. Not surprisingly, in view of the intense pressures upon them, the all-consuming passion for this gifted and volatile people is politics. Put two Bengalis in a room and inevitably there is a heated political argument.

This week, as all of India...

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