India: A Plea for the Tree

The slight, doe-eyed lady in the simple cotton sari finished her speech and stepped up to the bamboo barricades that held back the crowd. While thousands of brown hands danced in the air, she took from an aide the day's accumulation of garlands and tossed them to her listeners. Indira Gandhi was doing what she had so often watched Jawaharlal Nehru do in those years past when she had stumped with him across the length and breadth of India. This time, as she pressed her campaign for the national elections that will be...

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