Modi does not see poverty as romantic or alluring. Having lived in poverty, he knows the indignities it imposes if you are not a tourist.
So has anything at all changed for the better since I was last here in the reign of Rabri Devi? Yes. Law and order has improved dramatically..
Neither of the two men who lead the race to become Indias next prime minister raised local issues.
I do this in the hope that it will persuade you that democracy is weakened when parliamentary constituencies become fiefdoms
This dream of prosperity is what Sonia has killed in the decade that she has been Indias de facto prime minister.
It is just as well that the latest crisis on the Line of Control left the triumvirate that heads the Indian government speechless
Last week the Prime Minister met yet again with the mighty moguls of Indian industry
Last week I was in Istanbul to participate in a conference on the future of democracy and the liberal order.
In the drawing rooms of Lahore last week I met old friends who told me that I had become a hate object in the eyes of the liberals they knew in India.
In case you are politically naïve and do not fully understand what that word means today let me make clear that it means Narendra Modi.
This week I have my chance as this law is the topic of the moment.
It is not that the government cannot survive the bolt that came out of a clear blue sky from Chennai last week.
There are many reasons why the Sonia-Manmohan government has taken India downhill but possibly the most important is weak political leadership at the top.
What astonishing galvanisation one speech by Narendra Modi has caused in the higher echelons of the Congress party.
What is Robert Vadras Rs 300 crore empire when compared with him living in a house that is worth Rs 100 crore more than that? A