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As we were getting ready to leave our lecture-hall in Manchester University, the secretary of our course announced that exiting on to Oxford Street would be difficult as a “huge” demonstration was imminent. My friend and course-mate, a senior police officer from India, enquired how big the demonstration was likely to be and guffawed when informed that between 50 to a 100 people were expected to gather. “Is that a demonstration?” he asked, “that is the average gathering at a bus stop in Delhi every day!”
As if the shameful burden of having studied at an institute lesser than the hallowed Indian Institute of Technology wasn't already killing us, we've had to bear the ignominy of the screaming headlines in newspapers every other day for the last few weeks.