It was not supposed to be perfect, but it all went wrong. It happens only in India almost anywhere.

Prime Minister Zia led some 1,000 representatives of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in standing for the anthem.

But after a couple of minutes of embarrassed silence, which officials ascribed to “technical glitches”, it was decided to move on to a recitation from the holy Koran, while officials tried to restore the sound system.

Then a second attempt to play the anthem only got as far as the first phrase before the music stopped.

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