Last August, India, the second most populous nation in the world, celebrated 50 years of independence from the British with all the expected fanfare. The usual icons, living and dead, were thrown into the spotlight--Gandhi, pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges at Benares, Jawaharlal Nehru, the slums of Bombay (recently returned to its native name, Mumbai)--in a publicity-fest which resembled a seven-day package tour. Amid all the hubbub a meritorious but relatively low-profile lot caught the edge of the light: India's... More >>>