India

Algeria reminds us that the current of colonisation doesn’t always run just one way

7 September 2019 9:00 am

As you glide in to land at the airport outside Algiers, the landscape resembles that of Tuscany: a coastal plain…

Henry Tilney, a younger son and beneficed clergyman, defies his father in a scene from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey

A single man of no fortune must be in want of a job: younger sons in Jane Austen’s England

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Readers of Jane Austen gain a clear idea of the task facing the daughters of gentlemen. They need to secure…

From Hong Kong to Kashmir, a new authoritarianism is on the rise

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Why is Britain not condemning events in Kashmir?

Grandma (Farrukh Jaffar) and grandson (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in Photograph by Ritesh Batra

So sloooooooow: Photograph reviewed

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Ritesh Batra had a smash hit with his gentle romance The Lunchbox (2013) and then made a couple of less…

Shameless and corny: ITV’s Beecham House reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

ITV’s new drama Beecham House is set in late 18th-century India where the British and French were still battling it…

Police raids and chanting intruders: The strange things that happen to me in the early hours

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Our upstairs neighbours are not the sort of people you want to have run-ins with. They have regular moped deliveries…

It’s not just cricket: India vs Pakistan is the greatest rivalry in world sport

15 June 2019 9:00 am

India vs Pakistan is the greatest rivalry in world sport

Delhi notebook: Nuclear war is not around the corner

9 March 2019 9:00 am

India is not preparing for war, but picking up the newspapers in Delhi you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.…

Mourners at the funeral of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard, one of 27 to be killed in a suicide bombing near the Pakistani border last week. (Hamidreza Nikoomaram/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Who’s really to blame for Pakistan’s terror attacks?

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Imran Khan’s attempts to make peace are being deliberately thwarted

World-class: Symphony Orchestra of India in its tropical Barbican in Mumbai

Meet India's first – and only – professional western orchestra

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Ahead of its first ever UK tour, Richard Bratby meets the trio behind India’s first – and only – professional western orchestra

Michelle Obama during the 2008 Democrat primaries. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Is Michelle Obama a secret Archers fan?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

I wonder what Michelle Obama, the former First Lady who remade that role in her own image, would make of…

Gandhi strides forth on the Salt March in 1930, protesting against the government’s monopoly of salt production

Gandhi on Hitler: ‘I do not believe him to be as bad as he is portrayed’

13 October 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s a beautiful world if it wasn’t for Gandhi who is really a perfect nuisance,’ Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India,…

Shashi Tharoor’s book is a polemic, says Kapil Komireddi – beware of Hindu nationalism

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Most religions bind their adherents into a community of believers. Hinduism segregates them into castes. And people excluded from the…

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates seven times in the past three years

Has the tide turned on emerging markets?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Reality check

Why has V.S. Naipaul rejected the Trinidad of his birth?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Savi Naipaul Akal’s publishing house is named after the peepal tree, in whose shade Buddha is said to have achieved…

What a relief: ‘Descent of the Ganges’ or ‘Arjuna’s Penance’, 7th century

India's Sistine ceiling

19 May 2018 9:00 am

In Tamil Nadu we found that we were exotic. Although there were some other western tourists around, in most of…

When will the West take a stand on the persecution of Muslims?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

It’s not only Christians who are suffering from the rise of religious conflict

A Book of Chocolate Saints: an Indian novel like no other

24 March 2018 9:00 am

The Indian poet Jeet Thayil’s first novel, Narcopolis, charted a two-decade-long descent into the underworlds of Mumbai and addiction. One…

Reinventing Baku: one of the three Flame Towers, comprising apartments, offices and a hotel, which dominate the old town. The project, costing an estimated US$350 million, was completed in 2012

Reading Norman Davies’s global history is like wading through porridge

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Following Norman Davies’s explorations is like travelling, mildly jet-lagged, from one air-conditioned lounge to another, says Philip Hensher

Will Radio 3’s bold new season find new listeners – or alienate their core audience?

9 September 2017 9:00 am

As Classic FM celebrated its quarter-century on Wednesday with not a recording but a live broadcast of a concert from…

Leaving India after independence was devastating. It still is

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Leaving after independence was devastating

Deity sculptors work on a preliminary structure for the ten-armed Goddess Durga in preparation for the Durga Puja festival

Calcutta: city of gods and beggars

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Writing of his grandmother’s cremation, Kushanava Choudhury reflects in The Epic City that, while his expatriate Indian cousins are separated…

Radio 4’s adaptation of Midnight’s Children would have been unthinkable a few years ago

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Bold programming by the powers-that-be at Radio 4 meant it was possible to listen to all seven episodes of Ayeesha…

The real bloody legacy of Partition

5 August 2017 9:00 am

As Europe remembers Passchendaele, India and Pakistan recall Partition, just 70 years ago, when Britain so hastily abandoned its Indian…

The newly refurbished National Army Museum is full of inaccuracies and post-colonial guilt

3 June 2017 9:00 am

I used to love the National Army Museum in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, which was crammed with the memorabilia of…