The fuss over the Koh-i-Noor, a bauble of royalty, illustrates among other things that the government of India sees itself as the successor to the British throne and not as representing the people of India, who were exploited for so long by foreigners who took away a damn sight more than large gem stones.
Mukul Dube, Delhi

The BJP's Lok Sabha MPs are to be put through a "digital appraisal" which will count their followers on FaceBook and Twitter, the number of "likes" they have received, and so on. This comparison with the champion, the prime minister, will presumably be followed by counting how many times they have been abroad, how many foreign leaders they have embraced, and how many selfies they take in a day. The traditional work of MPs, looking after their constituencies, is of no importance any more.
Mukul Dube, Delhi

Vol. 48, No. 45, May 15 - 21, 2016