INDIA: Shagging the Smugglers

One of the favorite villains in Hindi movies is the smuggler king who, like Dr. No, runs his crooked empire from a posh suite crammed with electronic marvels, secret panels designed for quick getaways and strong rooms filled with gold and jewels. Invariably, he drinks the finest Scotch, drives a fast foreign car and has a passionate, sloe-eyed mistress. The Indian government has decided that the stereotype is a little too true to be good.

Bedeviled by galloping inflation and the threat of famine, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi recently extended the country's tough...

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