SOUTH ASIA: Blackouts and Border Battles

In New Delhi last week, civil defense forces staged two blackouts to prepare the capital's 3,630,000 residents for the possible outbreak of open warfare with Pakistan. Both blackouts failed miserably. While half the city was plunged into darkness, Connaught Circus, New Delhi's Times Square, remained lit up like a Christmas tree.

There were trial blackouts in the East Pakistan capital of Dacca too, but they are taken much more seriously there; after all, civil war between Bengali rebels and the Pakistani army is already a bloody reality. The Pakistan military command urged East Pakistanis to begin digging trenches in the...

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