“Don’t you know there’s a war on?” A question, in relation to the Ukraine crisis, which could have been put to many countries recently. The response from some has been: “And?” But for others it has been a shocking moment requiring a reassessment of the future.

I argued recently that India’s fence-sitting was quite understandable. So is that of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), whose members have spent the last few weeks clearing their throats, but not being able to say the word “Russia” in any of the bland statements issued by the ten-nation organisation.