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Illustration by Ben Jones.

India’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality is presented as the country shaking off the last vestiges of colonialism. The reality is not so simple.

George V and Queen Mary watching the Delhi Durbar from the Red  Fort, accompanied by Indian princes acting as pages, 1911.

The voice of the British monarch carried considerable weight in imperial India. Its slow silencing mirrored the retreat of Britain from the subcontinent. 

Bhor Ghat Railway at Maharashtra, on the crest of the Western Ghats, India, 1883.

The creation of India’s fantastic rail network was the work of the British Raj, but it came at a high price for Indians themselves.

Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu, India.

An eclectic account of the complex history of south India, where centuries move back and forth.

‘Blowing mutinous Sepoys from the guns’, India, 1858.

The story of the skull of a victim of the Indian Uprising of 1857 raises profound questions about imperialism.  

Muslim refugees leaving Delhi for Pakistan, 26 September 1947

An analytical view of the traumatic Partition offers fresh perspectives on the devastating human cost. 

River scene with a nobleman, shrine and travellers, watercolour, India, c.1760.

The chance survival of a ‘postbag’ of letters reveals a lost world of merchants, pilgrims, bankers and scholars.

The foundations of modern India were laid by the British governor-general, Warren Hastings. But he paid a heavy personal price.

A map of the Jain universe.

Laws against religious offence in India have altered the writing and understanding of the nation’s past.