March 23, 1987 |
Most of the residents here have never set foot in France. Only a few speak French. Most are Hindu vegetarians who would not know an escargot from an eggplant, a Bordeaux wine from a banana milkshake. Yet, legally at least, more than 16,000 of the people living in Pondicherry, at the southern tip of India, are as French as Francois Mitterrand or Christian Dior.
June 8, 1993 |
Whenever a tyrant--or a tyrannical majority--tramples on the rights and lives of a people at home, the world outside rarely does more than grit its teeth and cry foul. The sacred principle of sovereignty stands in the way. No one has the right, according to a sheaf of international documents, to cross borders and interfere in the internal affairs of another country. Yet the world's mood is changing, the principle is eroding.