One of the barmiest ideas making the rounds in the present G20 summit is the Franco-German proposal to place restrictions on the bonuses that bankers receive. Read more

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There is a vague sense among many Indians that Japan is a nice country with polite people and both are in genteel decline. “Haven’t they been in recession for over 20 years?” I am often asked. Asia’s number two economy isn’t a write-off yet. Read more

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I confess, I am a World War II buff. I like history, but nothing quite tempts me as much as a tale of the triumph and tragedy of the Great War.

Which is why I felt just a little pleased when so much bitterness suddenly welled up during the events to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the war. Read more

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