The World: India: A Clear Mandate for Mrs. Gandhi

FOR ten days they thronged to the polling stations. Voters turned out from the snowswept Vale of Kashmir to the tiger-infested jungles of Assam. They came by tractor and motorcycle, on carts drawn by camels and bullocks, and most often on foot. There were youths in bell-bottoms voting for the first time, and newlyweds who married in the morning and voted in the afternoon. A 110-year-old woman was carried by her great-grandson. Women frequently outnumbered the men, and some bore babies in their arms. Others appeared in their finest saris and jewelry. Sweetmeat...

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