India

Forget Eton. This Mumbai team should play Harrow at Lord’s

27 April 2024 9:00 am

The first thing I do is turn my watch upside down. India is five-and-a-half hours ahead of the UK, so…

The complexities of our colonial legacy

24 February 2024 9:00 am

Weighing the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ effects of British imperialism is a futile exercise, says Sathnam Sanghera. But he comes perilously close to doing just that

The greed and hypocrisy of the opium trade continue to shock

10 February 2024 9:00 am

Amitav Ghosh admits he found writing his history difficult because of the obscene profiteering and suffering he had to cover

Has Bazball rescued — or ruined — cricket?

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Thanks to Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, English Test cricket has been revolutionised – at the expense of the gentle, contemplative game

Why Sunak’s prayers in Delhi matter

10 September 2023 9:24 pm

Ever since Alastair Campbell’s declaration that ‘we don’t do God’, no prime minister – and almost no politician – has…

Britain should not be nervous of India

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Britain should not be nervous of India

India’s century: Sunak’s plan for a new Indo-Pacific alliance

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The PM’s visit to New Delhi could be a defining moment

The phoney mystics who fooled the West

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Many suspect mystics have exploited naive westerners in search of spiritual enlightenment over the past century, Philip Hensher discovers

Would we welcome bears in Britain again?

19 August 2023 9:00 am

With rewilding projects multiplying worldwide, brown, black and grizzly bears are making a bold comeback. But how much bear can we bear?

Travellers’ tales

22 July 2023 9:00 am

In the absence of their own written records, they have been ‘invented’ and misrepresented in Europe ever since their arrival in the Middle Ages, says Klaus-Michael Bogdal

Proud to be British

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Sunder Katwala, of Indian-Irish heritage, analyses the whiteness of the Remain vote, seeing Britain’s pro-European movement as a case of cosmopolitanism without diversity

Adrift in Berlin: Sojourn, by Amit Chaudhuri, reviewed

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Feelings of dislocation are at the heart of Amit Chaudhuri’s award-winning novels. Friend of My Youth (2017) followed a writer’s…

Seize the moment: Undercurrent, by Barney Norris, reviewed

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Barney Norris’s third novel opens with a wedding in April. The couple tying the knot don’t matter; it’s the occasion…

The man who changed Indian cinema

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Tanjil Rashid on the polymathic Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray, who spearheaded a new school of Indian cinema

Gandhi’s killer is more loveable than his victim: The Father and the Assassin reviewed

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Dictating to the Estate is a piece of community theatre that explains why Grenfell Tower went up in flames on…

Why does India get a free pass for supporting Russia?

22 April 2022 5:47 pm

When Russia invaded Ukraine the Indian government rapidly launched ‘Operation Ganga’. This was not a military operation, nor did it…

Could the Ukraine war save Taiwan?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

What the Ukraine war means for China — and Taiwan

TB is back with a vengeance

5 March 2022 9:00 am

If you were a teenager before 2005, one reminder of tuberculosis in British life is that small circular scar on…

The rise of Indian cancel culture

20 November 2021 6:00 pm

In 1975, India’s prime minister Indira Gandhi suspended democracy. The so-called ‘Emergency’ was largely of her own making, giving her…

India is going to keep polluting. They can thank China

4 November 2021 12:00 am

Mumbai India is the last major global polluter to set a date to go carbon neutral. In a surprise announcement…

Let’s hope the Third World prevails at COP26

28 July 2021 4:20 pm

On Tuesday, I chaired a session at Policy Exchange addressed by Tony Abbott, the eloquent former prime minister of Australia,…

China is the latest victim of Pakistan's Islamist problem

20 July 2021 12:05 am

Nine Chinese engineers were killed in an explosion near Pakistan’s Dasu hydroelectric dam last Wednesday. The government initially said that their…

Has India's second Covid wave peaked?

20 May 2021 10:48 pm

While the Indian variant continues to dominate the headlines, India itself seems to have dropped out of the news a…

Portrait of the week: Covid retreats, raves resume and a £165,000 squid

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Home ‘I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre-plus from 21 June,’…

How the West can help India

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Why India is reluctant to lock down again