Independence Day special: A to Z of Independent India
From America to Zulm, a guide to independent India on the nation's 72nd Independence Day
Heaven forbid this list be considered exhaustive, or even objective. It is a very personal exercise in distillation, an attempt to gather together the ideas and themes—some uplifting, some most definitely not—that define independent India. To keep the contentiousness down to a minimum, and also to hush those who would quarrel over why their favourite personalities aren’t on this list, I’ve chosen to exclude people altogether.