Can You Separate the Monarch from the Colonial, or Rather, Should You?
By Ryan Mitra
India’s decision to fly its flag at half-mast for Queen Elizabeth, someone who was also a colonial ruler until her last breath, is antithetical to the country’s post-1947 identity.
Imperialist Apologia: Salt on Colonial Wounds
By Ryan Mitra and Parijat Pandya
The success of “RRR,” set during the British Raj, has sparked a new wave of apologia for British colonialism.
Barbados’ New Republic: A Win for China?
By Judith Mwai and Lauren Ashmore
Centering Barbados’ decision to end ties with the British monarchy around China only underscores the problem: The U.K.'s lack of interest in Barbados and similar countries.
Great Britain’s Worst Military Blunder in South Asia
By Franz-Stefan Gady
Recounting the disastrous end of Great Britain’s first invasion of Afghanistan.
Reclaiming India’s Stolen Cultural Heritage
By Angel L. Martínez Cantera
Indian activists seek to recover missing idols, the victims of colonial plundering and contemporary thievery.
Adopt a Heritage: Who Will Save the Everest Estate in India?
By Krzysztof Iwanek
George Everest’s mansion is decrepit and New Delhi wants a private company to adopt it.
A Murder in Yunnan: The Margary Affair
By David Leffman
A trade war, an unsolved murder, and the founding of the Chinese Embassy in London.
Kipling as Mowgli: One View of The Jungle Book
By Krzysztof Iwanek
Both Mowgli and Kim represent Kipling as a child, raised at the intersection of two civilizations.
Who Is Responsible for the Gilgit-Baltistan Dispute?
By Prateek Joshi
A recent British motion to condemn Pakistani control of the territory forgets that London made that control possible.
Review - India’s War: World War II and the Making of Modern South Asia
By Nigel Collett
India's contributions during WWII have often been overlooked. A new book by Srinath Raghavan helps redress that.
Winston Churchill in India
By Francis P. Sempa
The great statesman’s literary career was shaped by fighting in some familiar territory.
The Geopolitics of Sino-Russian Rapprochement
By Peter Harris
As Beijing and Moscow make nice, how should Washington respond?