While modern India wrings its hands at how much foreign trips of government officials cost the taxpayer, it is forgotten that diplomacy is an expensive exercise.
Months before the War of 1857 began, the English concluded treaties and agreements with Russia, Persia and Afghanistan.
These countries could have opened a second front against the British Raj.
To Indian rulers, by 1857, diplomacy meant London.
Can modern India match Western diplomacy.
The last 60 years have shown that it can – but no thanks to the Indian chatteratti, who occupy the sound waves trying to second guess Indian diplomacy.