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At around 3pm on Monday afternoon the Delhi traffic police issued an unlikely-sounding message by means of social media.

'It would make a good Ealing comedy,' said our lady of the protest. 'Carry On Hunting!'

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Indian army officer who liberated Goa from Portuguese rule

Step Across This Line: collected non-fiction 1992-2002 by Salman Rushdie

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The Cripps Version: the life of Sir Stafford Cripps, by Peter Clarke

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Flat Earth: Hols are off

Because of its "secular" constitution and the need to be equally nice to all religions, India has an abnormally large number of public holidays, including Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, Prophet Mohammed's birthday, Christmas Day, and others with charming names such as Holi, Pongal and Onam.

The week in Westminster: Hague's generalship in action: Commons lion fired by donkeys

IT IS beyond comprehension that the Tories should have sacked Shaun Woodward (Witney) as their spokesman for London because of his sensible refusal to defend the infamous Clause 28, the law that prevents councils or schools from "promoting" homosexuality. The discourteous manner by which he was fired by a pager message is even more disgraceful.

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Letter: Simple side of the tracks

I WAS surprised to read the following in Mark Tully's otherwise excellent piece: "Mahatma Gandhi deliberately chose to travel third-class to demonstrate that he shared the suffering of the poor." How much the Mahatma suffered is questionable, for the whole third-class compartment was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected for him before he was left alone to meditate in peace. As Sarojini Maidu said: "Ah, if the Mahatma only knew what it costs us for him to lead the simple life..."

Obituary: Nirad C. Chaudhuri

NIRAD C. CHAUDHURI was India's most distinguished writer of English prose in the 20th century. He was also perhaps his country's most controversial commentator since Independence: a lonely position he never regretted, maintained with real courage and indeed grew to relish. Throughout his immensely long life, which began in Bengal in the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the physically diminutive Chaudhuri was fiercely independent of received opinion; his energy, analytical power and impatience with cant were the antithesis of the oriental stereotypes he confronted in his dozen or so books in English and Bengali.

Country Matters: A close shave for Gandhi

The ancient Greeks had a phrase for it: the words meeden agan - nothing in excess - were inscribed on the wall of the temple at Delphi as a precept for life in general, and they remain a pretty good one to this day. But how do you interpret them when your free-range chickens are being written off by predators?

Obituary: James Farmer

THE NAME James Farmer may not be as familiar as others who devoted their lives to the struggle against racial segregation in the United States. Yet, until his death at the age of 79, historians saw Farmer as the last surviving member of the "Big Four" of the civil rights movement which emerged after 1945. Martin Luther King was murdered in 1968, Ray Wilkins died in 1971 and Whitney Young 10 years later.
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