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...Yesterday a friend of mine asked me whether political parties in India hold a stockpile of large, printed posters of politicians from rival parties.He had seen television channels in Karnataka air scenes of demonstrations in which certain right wing groups loudly and theatrically alternated between burning pictures of me and stomping on them.One amusing frame had a number of grown men flipping slippers at my poster.The reason I had provoked the ire of self-proclaimed “nationalists” in saffron was that I had disagreed with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s pronouncement that going to Pakistan is akin to a visit to hell.I had just returned from a visit to Islamabad and can safely report that what I found was not hell but a country that is home to people just like us, who happen, sadly, to be ruled by a regime that does not inspire confidence. ...Indian Express on Aug. 24, 2016, 12:02 a.m.