India: This Is All So Painful

Hindus and Muslims clash in bloody rioting around Bombay

The smell of fire and death was almost too much to bear, and an anguished Prime Minister Indira Gandhi pulled her sari over her mouth and nostrils. She stopped in Bombay and in town after town outside the city, comforting victims and listening to pleas for protection. "This is not the time to blame each other," she said. "This is all so painful. We must live in communal harmony. We must." The statistics of violence, following more than a week of fighting between Hindus and Muslims in the western state of...

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