The fuse

Pundits worry over Mr Putin’s feelings and psychological limitations. The only thing the Black Hand of Donetsk understands is force, applied liberally. Put an economic pinch on the Russian middle class via sanctions, fast track the Ukraine into the EU, and he’ll backpedal.

Most political strongmen dislike being lectured to. But that’s no reason to coddle a criminal. In the short run, it is reasonable to demand the hand over of Comandante Strelkov to international authorities and the placement of UN troops in Donetsk. Finally, the Western powers should demand the removal of all Russian weaponry from Ukrainian territory (to forestall further sanctions). When Putin’s shock troops shoot down another airliner, there should be no question the shot was fired from the Russian side of the border.

A tale of two Indias, the desperate poverty on the streets (after decades of independence) and the conspicuous consumption of the Mumbai financial lords and Delhi superrich.

Artifacts of a royal childhood are the most precious things in the world.

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