The World: J.P.: India's Aging Revolutionary

If the agitation succeeds, it will engulf the whole nation within a year. This is a revolution. A total revolution.

—Jayaprakash Narayan, July 1974

When Prime Minister Indira Gandhi put the name of Jayaprakash Narayan, 72, at the head of her list of political opponents to be arrested two weeks ago, she must have been struck by the irony of the situation. "J.P.," as he is known to almost everyone in India, was the grand old man of Indian politics, a confidant of Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, and someone she had known since she was...

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