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Even many lifetimes out of India can’t take the India out of the PIO. So hoping, the government woos eminent PIOs for brand ambassadorships.

Ask What You Can Do...
Ask What You Can Do...
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The nondescript town of Buxar, in Bihar, is infamous in history for being the waterloo of those in power—it was near Buxar that Humayun lost to Sher Shah Suri in 1539; and it was here too, in 1764, that the triple alliance of Mughal emperor Shah Alam II, Bengal ruler Mir Qasim, and Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula of Oudh was vanquished by the soldiers of the East India Company. The people of Buxar must be hoping though that a defeat is not on the cards for at least one ruler. Earlier this month, one of their own, from the village of Bhellupur, came calling, winging in all the way from Trinidad and Tobago, of which she is the prime minister—the first woman to attain the august post in the Carribean island’s history.

Buxar celebrated this rare tryst with a reigning power, as PM Kamla Persad Bissessar met her relatives. With tears rolling down her cheeks, Bissessar announced, “The granddaughter of the soil has returned.” And what a voyage it has been for her. It was in 1889 that her grandfather, Ram Lakhan Mishra, boarded the Volga in the Calcutta port as a girmitiya, or indentured labourer. In 2012, his granddaughter had returned to her roots, a living testimony to the history of dislocation the colonial rule spawned, as also to its ironies—imagine what she would have been had her grandfather remained in Bhellupur.

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