India

Why liberals turn a blind eye to the global persecution of Christians

2 September 2019 16:41

The new episode of Holy Smoke is about the persecution of Christians. That’s a familiar concept, even if we don’t…

Don’t blame Britain for Modi’s plan for a ‘new India’

20 August 2019 9:15

History has a sarcastic sense of humour, just ask Francis Fukuyama. Or eminent historians and literary ornaments of India like…

Why is no one boycotting India?

8 August 2019 17:40

Try as I might, I just can’t seem to get anyone interested in discriminating against Indians. No one is tearing…

A victorious Narendra Modi addressing workers at this party’s headquarters in New Delhi. (Photo by Atul Loke/Getty Images)

Narendra Modi is the powerful leader India craves

24 May 2019 16:03

Looking back on Narendra Modi’s first five years in office as India’s Prime Minister, it’s hard to find good news.…

The problem with apologising for the Amritsar Massacre

9 April 2019 7:00

Growing up I remember my late grandfather, a former commissioned officer in the British Indian Army, being fixated by re-runs…

We need to embrace India’s love of retro British brands

25 June 2018 14:26

Whatever happened to Horlicks? Patented in Chicago in 1883 by British-born brothers William and James Horlick, the malted milk drink…

Justin Trudeau takes his Captain Snowflake act to India

24 February 2018 17:21

If your week was less than fun, spare a thought for Justin Trudeau. The Canadian Prime Minister’s seven-day visit to…

The Spectator Podcast: Campus tyranny

24 August 2017 13:54

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast we look at the issue of ‘safe spaces’ on campuses and beyond. We…

70 years on: the traumatic legacy of India’s partition

15 August 2017 8:03

On August 14-15 1947, after a few hundred years in India the British left behind the jewel in the crown…

Hepworth Wakefield’s latest show is grossly irresponsible – the museum doesn’t deserve any sort of prize

4 July 2017 12:39

Last week the exhibition Painting India by the late Howard Hodgkin opened at the Hepworth Wakefield. Hodgkin started collecting Indian…

Theresa May’s passage to India

7 November 2016 14:45

When a Prime Minister flies off abroad with a few business-leaders it is seldom worthy of comment. Such trade missions…

Sajid Javid is grabbing the Brexit bull by the horns

8 July 2016 17:09

While frustrated Remain campaigners continue to speak of economic Armageddon, a very significant move happened yesterday. Business secretary Sajid Javid…

Spectator books of the year: Mark Amory finds Anne Tyler’s latest ‘pure pleasure’

4 December 2015 15:00

Since retiring from coping with new books I have found it a pleasure not to have to glance at any…

Can the Tories win back the Indian vote from Labour?

14 November 2015 14:24

Nearly 50 years ago, soon after I first came to this country, my landlady, upset I was reading the Guardian…

Open letter to Narendra Modi: ask David Cameron to safeguard freedom of expression in Britain

12 November 2015 14:37

Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Re: Urging Action by Indian government to Safeguard Freedom of Expression in Great Britain As a…

Sorry, Shashi Tharoor, but Britain doesn’t owe India any reparations

5 August 2015 15:49

As one of a parade of speakers debating the British empire at the Oxford Union, Shashi Tharoor cannot have expected…

Is gay marriage just a fad?

30 May 2015 10:00

Now that Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, it will be widely believed that this trend is unstoppable and…

An uncomfortable interview for India

4 March 2015 18:13

British film-maker Leslee Udwin’s video interview with one of the Delhi rapists may not make for comforting viewing, but there…

Jeffrey Archer: Bollywood plagiarised my books

4 March 2015 15:56

Jeffrey Archer is none too impressed with the Bollywood film industry. In an interview with India’s DNA Newspaper, he said that…

There’s one obvious question about immigration, but nobody is asking it

6 November 2014 14:19

If you were to close your eyes at any debate on immigration, you might reasonably picture the participants standing back-to-back,…