India: Relevant at Last?

The achievement of independence by the Indian subcontinent marked the effective end of the age of European imperialism.

Issue: Spring 1997

This is a year of fiftieth anniversaries. Soon, and very properly, Americans will be celebrating two decisions that truly deserve the adjective "seminal"--those embodied in the Truman Doctrine (birthday May 15) and the Marshall Plan (June 5). Taken together, these decisions went far toward defining the epoch of global politics that followed.

Less likely to get much attention in coming months is a third fiftieth anniversary, that marking the independence of India and Pakistan on August 15, 1947. In its way, though, it is as historically significant as the other two.

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