Robert Carver

Iron in the soul

Was he a hero and imperialist psychopath? And how could the cultish worship of him in India have lasted into the 21st century?

‘I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion’, said Winston Churchill as prime minister in 1942, to his secretary of state for India, Leo Amery.

Like John Nicholson, Churchill had soldiered on the subcontinent as a young man, and both men saw fighting on the North-West Frontier.

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