India: Gandhi Draws The Line

Gandhi Draws The Line

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi decided last week that he was not going to take it anymore. Frustrated by the failure of the state government in Punjab to check terrorism in the troubled region, Gandhi dismissed the state's chief minister and imposed direct rule by the central government in New Delhi. This is the second time in four years that the federal administration has removed an elected government in Punjab in order to combat Sikh extremists.

The Indian government has been struggling since 1983 to control Punjab's militant Sikhs, who have been waging a violent campaign for an independent homeland. After last...

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