A helicopter leaves a trail of smoke as it flies during a rehearsal of the Aero India 2013 in Bengaluru-PTI

A helicopter leaves a trail of smoke as it flies during a rehearsal of the Aero India 2013 in Bengaluru-PTI

A helicopter leaves a trail of smoke as it flies during a rehearsal of the Aero India 2013 in Bengaluru-PTI

Wandering about the near empty streets of a somnolent Lisbon on Sunday it seemed incredible that for years I was expressly forbidden to visit the Portuguese capital. Not me alone. No Indian could.

This is the first time that an election result in a Northeast state has got so much attention in the so-called national media.