Well-connected elites are used to preferential treatment. After passengers on a delayed Pakistan International Airlines flight pushed back last month, tolerance for the so-called 'VIP culture' may be waning.
Prime Minister Modi required bureaucrats to clean toilets and sweep today, the national holiday for Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Poor sanitation causes India to lose 6.4 percent of GDP, the World Bank estimates.
India brought its spacecraft Mangalyaan into Mars' orbit today, the first Asian nation to do so. Its mission cost less than the budget for "Gravity," a 2013 Hollywood blockbuster, thanks in part to a lighter craft that kept down fuel costs.
Volunteers from across India are traveling to the Kashmir Valley to join flood relief efforts. But they are finding a big difference between the official relief efforts shown on television, and what's happening on the ground.
The Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims, but the state disagrees. A series of attacks, including on three women and children this weekend, has the community downcast. One family quietly celebrates the end of Ramadan.
Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to broker a deal to prevent outright conflict over Afghanistan's disputed presidential election. But there are signs that Abdullah Abdullah, who claims fraud stole the presidency from him, is digging in.
French Foreign Minister Fabius is in New Delhi today. He'll be followed by US Sen. McCain, and British officials later this month as India, the world's largest arms importer, tries to reform its defense industry.
The government has been ill-prepared to help the more than half-million internal refugees fleeing a military campaign in North Waziristan. Some worry aid camps run by militants could be recruiting grounds.