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Zareer Masani

The great stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. (Bridgeman Images)

Cultural curiosity inspired generations of British imperialists to unearth India’s past.

Muslim refugees leaving Delhi for Pakistan, 26 September 1947

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

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

British India in 1880

An extensively researched, hard-hitting reassessment of British rule in India pulls no punches, but does not tell the whole story. 

In the 18th century, the Muslim warlord Tipu Sultan terrorised Hindu southern India and clashed repeatedly with the British. Today, his legacy is contested, but he was far from the nationalist that some have claimed, writes Zareer Masani.

Tata is one of the world’s wealthiest conglomerates, with an especially strong presence in Britain. Zareer Masani traces its origins among the Parsis of Bombay and charts its fortunes in an independent India.