The shock in London at yesterday's attack is profound. The loss of life is grievous, and the mowing down of foreign students and visitors as they crossed one of London's most renowned bridges adds to the sense of bewilderment and anger. But it is the target which has caused greatest alarm. An attack on the Houses of Parliament is also an assault on...
There is a deep anger about the degrading of Tamil political life, where personality trumps policy and the pursuit of power (and personal wealth) blots out serious discussion of how to govern better. And this is more than simply the standard middle-class disdain for "vulgar" politics.
India is more comfortable with the US and the UK than with its principal regional rival. It could be in India's interest, paradoxically, to shore up the west in this quiet competition for global primacy.
London may have to devolve decision-making to the English regions, which resent the capital's affluence andnearstranglehold on political power. And politicians will have to start listening to the people they represent rather than lecturing at them.
As the daughter of migrants, it is at first glance surprising that she is a staunch supporter of the "Brexit" campaign, which is making a lot of noise about the need to cut sharply the numbers entering the UK.
Maps should be matters of reference, and just as you would never think of rerouting a river or moving a mountain because its presence is inconvenient, there's no good reason why maps reflect political aspiration rather than reality.
After an ill-tempered campaign, with allegations of Islamic extremism flung around like political confetti, Londoners have elected Sadiq Khan, a 45-year-old lawyer, as their new Mayor. He was the Labour party's candidate in a city which tends to lean to the left. And he won comfortably.
So - sorry! This outsize diamond will be staying where it is. Set in a royal crown, and on display to the millions of tourists (not many Brits bother to go there these days) who troop around the Tower of London.
Among the many challenges Mehbooba Mufti faces as Chief Minister is to ease the male dominance of state politics, so that women can achieve more prominence - even those who don't come from Kashmir's dynasties.