President Pratibha Patil is on her first official trip abroad, and there have been reports that her welcome has been insultingly lukewarm. But look at the body language of this photograph. You can hear echoes of schoolgirl picnics, “Girlie, girlie , take a photo of me and my best friend, no?” (as we would have said in 1970 s Bombay!).
If they were two men, there would have been op-eds on the new breakthrough in Indo-Chilean ties; remember, the Rajiv Gandhi – Deng Xiao Ping handshake?