Are we being sold a false image of India? Worthy organs such as Foreign Affairs and Economic Times gush with superlatives when describing India's economic and political ascent. For the most part we all seem to have bought into it, witness PM Gordon Brown a few days ago. Have been sold a lemon though? Just read this Op Ed piece from the NYT: The Myth of the New India by Pankaj Mishra. The author is a bit of a hate figure for Indian Nationalists, but rarely goes beyond highlighting the obvious flaws and contradictions. Makes for interesting reading either way.