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"The leaven of peace is powerful."

Sitting Comfortably Before the television in our home in India, where we have lived for the past several years, we were stunned when we learned that this country had exploded a number of nuclear devices. To be sure, there had been a nuclear test back in 1974, but after that, things had settled down, and we, at least, had not expected activity on the nuclear front to resume. But it had happened.

To people around this war-weary world, this may have seemed like just one more example of global madness, but to us it was here. And it was against a background of recent statements by high government officials blaming China and Pakistan.

Both of these countries, traditional "enemies" of India, quite naturally reacted. A few days later, Pakistan exploded its own, albeit less powerful and less numerous, nuclear devices. While few people really wanted to go to war, with all that that implied, it was easy enough, with a bit of jingoism, to whip up sentiment, especially against Pakistan.

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February 14, 2000

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