Just a few days before Obama’s “Yes We Can” Denver convention four years ago, I had told Carolyn Sauvage Mar, a Democrat campaigner in Delhi, that America should allow an international group of eminent citizens to vote for the US president. A bizarre idea but American politics is hardly just about America. Read more

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Not entirely unanticipated but a surprise nonetheless. The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama has been received with churlish criticism and variously interpreted as a Nobel for political stardom and stirring speeches. It has also been called “a premature Nobel”. Read more

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Sumaiyah Ahmed, 24, is a gown-full of surprise: a burqa-clad postgraduate researcher on foreign affairs. You may want to meet her at the Delhi-based JNU’s Centre for West Asian Studies. She hails from Warangal, Andhra Pradesh.

Aftab Ahmed, 26, scans see-sawing world markets for global clients from his hub-and-spoke newsroom at Reuters-Thompson’s Bangalore office. He is from Darjeeling. Read more

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