Dehradun, Sept. 8 -- We, the Government

We listened very carefully to the PM's keynote speech to the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). Judging from his expressive body language, it was also directed at a domestic audience.

Here are two quotes from the speech: "Development has to be human-centric" and "The Poor have to be protected."

Interestingly, even while our PM was speaking, things were going horribly wrong in Mussoorie. The full might of Uttarakhand's netas, babus and "law enforcement " officials was engaged in uprooting the poor from their houses in a place now referred to as 'Shifan Court'. These 84 families had, according to news-reports (in the absence of official statements) lived on this government land for many...