The only things that distinguished him from the other speakers on the platform that night were the fawn-coloured turban and the grey beard, rolled up neatly under his chin. Together, they informed anyone who saw him that he was a Sikh. But his business suit, collar and tie, and his decision to speak in English, seemed to separate him by generations from the gleaming-eyed young men — weapons in hand, turbans of electric blue, black beards cascading over loose white shirts — now featured regularly on the covers of Indian news magazines.


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