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Paradise in the making

Really? Then why are more Indians than ever before so desperate to flee India?

Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Official India’s boastful buoyancy recalls a story that did the rounds in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was the US president, and East Europe not yet chanting Mikhail Gorbachev’s mantra of glasnost and perestroika. It was said in those days of ideological rigour that a Pole applied to the authorities for permission to apply for a passport. “Why?” they asked. He wanted to visit the US. “Why?” He wanted to attend Ronald Reagan’s funeral. “Reagan isn’t dead,” they retorted. “The decadent capitalist West holds funerals only after ...