Zareer Masani

Amritsar: beginning of the end of Empire

The true casualty figures are still hotly disputed 100 years after the Punjab massacre, but its real legacy was the slow death of the Raj

Chastising Churchill

'Seventy years after independence, bashing Winston Churchill has become a sure-fire way of attracting a mass following on Indian social media'

Last Days Of India’s Empress

A biography of Indira Gandhi's final years offers insights into a dark period of unmitigated corruption in Indian politics

Crocodile Tears For India

A story of unmitigated British plunder in India, but one which subscribes to conventional views

Jovial Pragmatists

SOAS’s new exhibition on Zoroastrianism fails to capture the rich cultural and historical legacy of this much-misunderstood and embattled faith

The Making of the Mahatma

Dubious racial attitudes, an obsession with excrement and sexual eccentricities: Gandhi Before India reveals the unsavoury sides of the statesman’s character

The Alternative History of an Undivided India

The perils of Partition would have been averted by Viceroy Wavell’s bold 1946 plan to create a subcontinental federation

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"