National Geographic : 1942 Oct
The National Geographic Magazine Same Guide, Same Stone-Two Religions Until the Moslems came to Old Delhi, A. D. 1193, the idol-carved face of this block served Hindu worshipers. Mohammedan image breakers first chipped off the head of the seated figure. When the Hindu temple was transformed into a mosque, an Islamic inscription was added to the same stone. Their name, transformed to Cossack, has won fame in the Caucasus and along the Don, but never before had any considerable group crossed the supposedly impassable Himalayas, along whose deadly edge air transport has de veloped amid protecting monsoon mists. Along the North West Frontier, gun steal ers have settled down to defense construction. With Axis agents banished from the Afghan frontier, even Waziristan is comparatively quiet. While refugees from Rangoon and runaway jeeps, fleeing the Japs, were slogging through the impenetrable jungles of Assam and hilly Manipur, Indian forces moved down from Rawalpindi and Naushahra. For the first time, Hindustan faces attack from the east, where there remain only a few gaps in the Japanese-controlled land route from Chosen (Korea) to Calcutta. Under Akbar, first of the Moguls to envision a united India, the Mogul Empire was "the best organized and most prosperous in the world." Hindustan is still a much-coveted prize; India now fights for life itself. In that struggle New Delhi is general head quarters for a battle front reaching from the Aleutian Islands to Australia, and from Cal cutta to Detroit-either way around the madly spinning globe. 494 "~ '~ ~"