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As he lay in his Bombay hospital bed, drifting in and out of consciousness, Tejas Pathak looked up and beheld India's turbaned Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, who had tears in his eyes as he saw what the explosives had done to human flesh all around the room. "Get well soon," Singh told him. "God bless you." The 29-year-old stockbroker, badly wounded in the head and face, reportedly responded by congratulating Singh on his economic reforms.

In any other city, if the leader of the nation were to come to the sickbed of a person grievously wounded by a...