Though the quarterly decline in the April to June period reported by the Turkish Statistical Institute was the country's biggest contraction in more than a decade, it was slightly less than economists had predicted.
When populist strongmen have little else to offer, they offer pride. But if Erdogan has at times been a tougher demagogue than his Indian alter-ego, the collapse of liberal-secular values seems deeper in Indian society.
Hagia Sophia is no longer a museum as the Turkish government opens it as a mosque. But the conversion of the cathedral into a mosque back in 15th century was the first historical controversy on this matter.