India: Blessed Contact

Faced with a rising tide of criticism, Prime Minister Lai Bahadur Shastri decided that he needed to get away from his desk for some hard political barn storming. Last week he flew to Calcutta to make his first public appearance outside New Delhi since he took office.

No city needed his attention more than Calcutta (pop. 3,000,000), the steaming factory and port of eastern India. The city's labor force was in an ugly mood: some 3,000 civil servants had been on strike for higher bonus payments, and the leftist labor unions were hotly agitating for a general work stoppage.

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