India

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

There are plenty of much-anticipated contests in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But nothing to compare with this Sunday’s match…

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

 Islamabad Six months into Imran Khan’s premiership and the new Pakistan prime minister has been plunged into his first major…

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

It’s a 31ºC Mumbai morning, and on Marine Drive the Russian winter is closing in. The Symphony Orchestra of India…

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…

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

Anti-Christian persecution, for so long a great untold story, has started to gain the world’s attention. But the suffering of…

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

For many of us, life has become global. Areas which were previously tranquil backwaters are now hives of international activity.…

The listening project

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…

Passage from India

26 August 2017 9:00 am

It is not fashionable to feel sympathy for the men and women who lived and served in the British colonies…

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

Change and decay

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…

India in a day

17 August 2017 1:00 pm

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

Separation anxiety

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…

Taking the Kamasutra seriously

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The rough English translation of Kamasutra is pleasure (kama) treatise (sutra). In the West, since it was first (rather surreptitiously)…

The 90th birthday present that the Queen really wants

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations start this week with the real thing and barely stop until her official birthday in…

Devastation after the collapse of the Twin Towers (Photo: Getty)

How trauma is passed down through the generations in our DNA

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Sue Armstrong’s programme on Radio 4 All in the Womb (produced by Ruth Evans) should be required listening for anyone…

The Cauliflower®: Nicola Barker’s divine comedy

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Nicola Barker is both prodigiously talented and admirably fearless. I have loved her books. But for some time I had…

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…

The public prosecutor, Geetanjali Kulkarni, in ‘Court’

A devastating critique of the Indian justice system: Court reviewed

26 March 2016 9:00 am

The big hitter this week is, of course, Batman v Superman, but if you want to learn something new, and…

I felt the earth move just as before: Akram Khan’s Kaash reviewed

19 March 2016 9:00 am

You revisit an old love with wariness. Time’s passed for both of you — sharp edges have been smoothed, and…