At The Boiling Point

India's government puts a lid on a planned protest by Hindu militants

OVERNIGHT NEW DELHI BECAME A MILITARY FORtress. Even before they began converging on India's capital for a planned antigovernment rally, about 60,000 activists of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party were whisked into detention. The party's Hindu militants who reached the sealed-off city were confronted by a security force of 60,000. Several flash points erupted as authorities sprayed tear gas at crowds and hauled off an additional 5,000 to sport stadiums. Through it all, the manicured lawns near the presidential palace -- planned rallying point of the militants -- remained pristinely empty.

Thus did the government of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao...

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