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Imperial Federation, map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886 | Wikimedia Commons

Why 43% of British still think colonial empire was a good thing, and a source of pride

In ‘Time’s Monster’, Priya Satia writes how history helped the conscience of the British and made them think the colonial project was a good thing.
A demonstrator shows a British National (Overseas) passport as another waves a colonial-era Hong Kong flag during a lunchtime protest at the International Finance Center (IFC) shopping mall in Hong Kong, China | Bloomberg

China threatens to stop recognising UK-issued Hong Kong passports

China’s Foreign Ministry says Britain has violated its own promises and insisted on interfering with Hong Kong affairs and China’s domestic issues.

Delhi teen, Chaitanya Venkateswaran, spends day as British High Commissioner

In an annual event organised by the British High Commission, 18-year-old woman from Delhi had the unique opportunity to become UK's senior-most diplomat for a day.

China looked at India under British rule as a teacher — of what not to be

India was regarded by the Chinese as a warning — as a failed and fallen country, which had been enslaved by colonial rulers virtually without resistance.
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan | Wikimedia Commons

What Bacha Khan’s daughter told me about his treatment by Pakistani authorities

In Talib's Tale, John Butt writes about his journey to Pakistan in search of an education he couldn't get in England and how he adapted to the Pashtoon way of life.
Hardik Malik, the first Indian pilot in the Royal Flying Corps | Indian Air Force| Facebook

The British were so impressed by Indian WWI aviators that they gave India its own Air Force  

More than a million Indians served in WWI. Among them, dapper in RFC uniforms, was a tiny number of Indians who served in the flying corps.

East India Company sent a diplomat to Jahangir & all the Mughal Emperor cared about was beer

Jahangir had four million armed men under him and a vast empire, talking about trade with an English diplomat bored him greatly.
Nehru, Gandhi, and Sardar Patel sitting together

Why Mandela failed & Gandhi-Nehru succeeded in bringing about revolutionary constitutionalism

South Africa’s apartheid regime was brutal on liberation movement. But while the British in India used force, they also had to give Congress a role in government.
An example of the receipt given to participants in the 2011 caste census in India | Kate Geraghty/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Did the British invent caste in India? Yes, at least how we see it now

British Indian government found multiple justifications for not intervening in the biased caste system.
File image of Jyotirao Phule | Wiki

Jyotirao Phule, the radical-reformist who fought caste & gender discrimination

On his 192nd birth anniversary, ThePrint remembers Jyotirao Phule and how he fought for the rights of Dalits and emancipation of women.

Twitter has an India-born CEO Parag Agrawal. In Pakistan, it has caused a burn

We look forward to overseas Pakistanis cooking on wood, explaining gas shortage in Pakistan. These are inflation CEOs. Unmatchable against Google, Twitter CEOs.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.