The sarsanghchalak's mainstreaming of the Hindu organisation shows a far more liberal and modern stance now.
The former PM indelibly shaped India and its image abroad. But he wore his many accomplishments lightly, and is as fondly remembered for his gentleness as his strength.
Instead of admiring those who created infrastructure and knowledge for us, we worship only those who represent power. This has dented our Independence, making us callow, even at 71.
Mrs Gandhi's imposition of dictatorial rule wasn't only influenced by domestic politics, but foreign dynamics, shaped by players from Castro to Carter.
America’s policy establishment has swiftly dismissed the Trump-Kim summit. But the US could be playing a very different game in the Korean peninsula.