India

The terror of the witches of modern India

6 October 2019 8:00

When I landed in Delhi at the height of the monsoon, the excitement in the city was palpable. The Indian…

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…