Religion: The Raj Bans the Haj

Thirteen centuries ago the Prophet Mohammed called upon his followers to make a haj (pilgrimage) to his native Mecca at least once in their lifetimes in order to gain favor in the eyes of Allah. For 13 centuries, pious Moslems have done so, and thereafter been honored as haji. From India some 11,000 pilgrims annually made the trip. But last week India's Moslems heard from Delhi that sea transport for the haj (only feasible route from India) was out for the duration. Reason: enemy subs in the Indian Ocean.

Said the India Government: "A pilgrim ship is slow and crowded and...

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