India: Fire and Blood Again

"We are discussing a creeping malady that is undermining our nation," lamented Socialist Leader Nath Pai in India's parliament last week. Dramatic as it seemed, his statement was no exaggeration. Once again battles had broken out between India's Hindu majority (460 million) and its Moslem minority (60 million). It was essentially the same conflict that rent the subcontinent when it achieved independence in 1947, forced its partition into the hostile states of India and Pakistan and has caused periodic upheavals ever since. This time the site was the west-coast state of Maharashtra, where eight days of rioting left at...

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