12 April 2010: It is difficult to share the enthusiasm of prime minister Manmohan Singh's aides following his meeting with the US president, Barack Obama, in Washington. The aides breathlessly told Indian reporters that the duration of the meeting had been increased from forty-five minutes to an hour and fifteen (considered a coup of sorts), that it was longer than the US president's conversations with leaders of other countries (all third or fourth tier states), including Pakistan, and that it was Obama's first bilateral meeting of the day. With the Indians, it seems, the delusions never end.