Education: Nursery for Anarchy

Trying to justify his tortuous foreign policy to the rest of the world, India's Prime Minister Nehru was already suffering embarrassment. But last week he ran into embarrassment of a different kind. When he tried to deliver an address to 50,000 students in Calcutta, his audience began yelling, pushing and shoving until Nehru finally threatened to leave. Eventually, he managed to finish his speech. But he had lived through one more eruption of one of India's most perplexing problems. In recent years, India's students and young people have become the nation's most consistent troublemakers.

Before independence, student riots and demonstrations—as long as...

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