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The Delhi Durbar of 1877 was held on a cold January morning in Coronation Park to proclaim Queen Victoria the Empress of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 proclaimed Queen Victoria the Empress of India

Rule Brittania and the inglorious
rape of India

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As Indian manufacturing was systematically crushed - in favour of British industry - and the country looted, pomp and pageantry was used to create an aura of awesome imperial power to silence seditious subjects. more…

Localist breeze hit by icy Beijing blast

'Localist' HK Legco pair Sixtus Leung (right) and Yau Wai-ching are evicted

'Localist' HK Legco pair Sixtus Leung (right) and Yau Wai-ching are evicted

STEPHEN VINES
HONG KONG

A new book, Reinventing Prosperity, suggests radical solutions to ending the global wealth gap, and righting climate too. more…

The rich-poor gap continues to grow

The rich-poor gap continues to grow, in USA and Europe too

Poverty is not an unknown factor, even in the USA

GRAEME MAXTON
SINGAPORE

A new book, Reinventing Prosperity, suggests radical solutions to ending the global wealth gap, and righting climate too. more…

Sword of the brother enemy - beyond Uri

India-Pakistan relations - Indian soldier in Kashmir scans the hills after the Uri assault

BJP views - on cows or sedition - are in the mainstream now

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

The Uri attack that left 18 Indian soldiers dead has added yet another question mark in the tangle of India-Pakistan relations. more…

Myanmar's Lady of the Lake, sans paddle

Communal violence incited by ultra-nationalist Buddhist group Ma Ba Tha has destroyed Rohingya homes and villages in Rakhine

Ultra-nationalist Buddhist group Ma Ba Tha has destroyed Rohingya homes

LARRY JAGAN
YANGON

Lack of vision becalms the new Myanmar government as ultra-nationalist Buddhist ire against Muslims adds further stress. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Read more

Guns and oil in China Sea

The disputed waters of the China Sea have seen their share of conflict, with growing tensions and clashes involving China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan. Read more

Virulent viruses sweep Asia

Asian outbreaks of Avian influenza (H7N9) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have left hundreds ill and the death toll is rising. Read more

BJP dominant as Congress retreats

BJP views - on cows or sedition - are in the mainstream now

BJP views - on cows or sedition - are in the mainstream now

RAMACHANDRA GUHA
NEW DELHI

BJP hegemony will continue in the next two decades until a true opposition - and alternative right wing thought - emerge. more…

Muslim ban blasted

Donald Trump's crudely veiled attempt to block Muslims from entering the USA hits heavy weather. See world opinion

Samsonite in a snit

US airport screening delays cost passengers flights and bags. Here's where all that missing stuff goes. more…