India: Celebrations of Violence

Celebrations of Violence

Last week was supposed to have marked the traditional festivities celebrating the rites of spring. Instead, Indians suffered a convulsion of Hindu-Sikh violence that claimed at least 41 lives. The most alarming incident occurred in the northwestern state of Punjab, where at least seven people were killed and 27 injured when Sikh militants tried to assassinate the moderate Punjabi Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala during a political rally.

Barnala, who has been criticized for being too lenient with the militants, had already indicated that he might be forced to toughen his policies toward them. "The time has perhaps come when more...

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