External affairs minister Salman Khurshid (centre) greets Canadian ex-MP Ruby Dhalla—PTI

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid (centre) greets Canadian ex-MP Ruby Dhalla—PTI

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid (centre) greets Canadian ex-MP Ruby Dhalla—PTI

India

In my childhood, one of the most cherished films was by top Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. His Rashomon was something we all saw — it was a mark of our literacy and our cosmopolitanism.

The quarter-century from 1971 to 1996 witnessed some of the most transformational events in Indian history that changed the socio-political discourse and led to a tectonic shift in the Indian polity.