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Scene from Christopher Nolan's 2017 summer blockbuster Dunkirk

Scene from Christopher Nolan's 2017 summer blockbuster Dunkirk - flashy, visceral, and gory but a little off the historical mark in its retelling of popular myths?

Does Dunkirk reinforce myths
of the Empire?

SALIL TRIPATHI
LONDON

Dunkirk reinforces Britain’s self-image, that it was fighting for freedom all alone in World War II. In not seeing the wider canvas, Britons see a distorted reality. The British war effort was collective; it was the British empire that fought the war. more…

You're with us or against us: Beijing

New Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam walks the HK-China tightrope

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can Carrie Lam, make a difference? It is in Beijing's interest that Hong Kong succeeds and bitter divisions heal. more…

Indian vigilantes and lynch mob justice

India vigilante groups include gau rakshaks who claim to protect cows

Cow protection patrols are part of the new breed of freelance Indian vigilantes

MJUKUL KESAVAN
NEW DELHI

Can the strangely silent Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar to a genuine national reconciliation with the Rohingyas? more…

Rule Brittania and
the rape of India

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

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As Indian manufacturing was crushed - in favour of British industry - pomp and pageantry created an aura of imperial power. more…

A no-win blockade by blockheads

Despite the Arab blockade, Qatar Airways stays with big expansion plans

Despite the chokehold, Qatar Airways pursues big expansion plans

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Qatar Airways opts for rapid expansion with redeployed regional aircraft. It's hard to keep a good oryx down. 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

The Rohingya Rubik's Cube

Myanmar Buddhist hardline monks say no to Rohingyas

Hardline Buddhist monks remain opposed to Rohingya integration

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can the strangely silent Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar to a genuine national reconciliation with the Rohingyas? more…

Tackling North Korea

Ultimately, a "Sunshine" policy to bring North and South together is the only way to avoid those mushroom clouds. See world opinion

No lap dance aloft

An inflight electronics ban throws up more questions than answers. Will it really make a difference? more…