When last did a politician have this effect on us?

Justin Sullivan of Getty Images captures a superb slice of history at the Democratic National Convention in Denver: Moe Spencer, a delegate from Washington, being comforted by a colleague after the nomination of Barack Obama as the party’s candidate for the November presidential elections.

Besides the symbolism of being in the midst of a man who could be America’s first black president, Obama’s 46-minute acceptance speech apparently left many in the 80,000 audience teary-eyed with the promise of hope and change he held out.

When was the last time something in Indian politics left us reaching for our handkerchieves? When was the last time an Indian politician had us sniffing in joy? And when was the last time our netas moved us with their words, forget their deeds?

Photograph: courtesy The Virginian-Pilot via Innovation in Newspapers

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