US President Barack Obama speaks at the ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration—AP

US President Barack Obama speaks at the ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration—AP

US President Barack Obama speaks at the ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration—AP

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.