India’s tricolour (which actually has four colours) hides a complex subaltern history that originates with Mahatma Gandhi.
As India celebrates its independence, the flag is on full display, but few people know about the complex origins of this ubiquitous national symbol.
Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition.
The partition of India led to more than a million deaths. One man, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who hurriedly drew the new borders in secret, is largely responsible.
Saad Mohammad Al-Husainy, a student in Birmingham, marries Colette O'Neill in 1954.
Photograph courtesy of Sùna Al-Husainy
For some, the forced movement and brutalities of partition in 1947 led to new opportunities for women and migration to Britain.
Indian Imperial Police, 1908.
There is something disconcerting about the Western move to denounce the human rights records of post-colonial states.
Luxury in the British Raj: Calcutta’s memorial to Queen Victoria, 1921.
How one member of the Indian Civil Service coped with being a colonial usurper.
Two-and-a-half decades on from the end of military rule, Bangladesh faces many of the same critical problems it always has.
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Intellectuals of the time saw the British Empire as the heir to the civilising influence of ancient Rome.
Mahatma Gandhi with Lord and Lady Mountbatten, 1947.
As the British Empire became an unaffordable burden, planning for India's independence quickly ran into trouble.
A security worker stands outside the Group of TB Hospitals in Mumbai in 2015.
The health care debate in the US has focused on a looming crisis, with millions possibly losing insurance coverage. In India, an immediate crisis looms with tuberculosis.
Market street near the Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab. Ben Crowe/ERA Films
Shakespeare’s play offered me a chance to think about India's political and social issues from a literary and epic perspective.
A sister tying the protective thread.
On the day of Rakshabandhan, sisters tie a protective thread around the right wrist of their brothers to affirm their bond. This bond is not limited by faith or blood relationships.
Protestors in New Delhi hold a vigil after a woman was raped in February.
A personal account by a researcher investigating the root cause of sexual violence against women in India.
Facebook wants to protect your selfies.
Every Facebook profile comes with a profile picture, but how can we prevent these often personal photos from being stolen?
Arundhati Roy, in 2010.
Author and activist Arundhati Roy proves once again that she is a passionate voice of dissent in a nation that's tilting towards authoritarianism.
The standoff on the Doklam Plateau makes it difficult for either Narendra Modi or Xi Jinping to back down.
Conflict was almost baked into Asia’s post-1945 international order. Taiwan’s contested status following the communist victory in China’s civil war, and the division of the Korean Peninsula are only the…
In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products.
Indian girls grow up in an environment where they are constantly reminded that fair is beautiful.
New Delhi’s pollution is among the worst in the world. Each autumn, when crops are burnt and wind speeds are low, it risks rising to crisis levels.
Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier
In November 2016, smog in New Delhi was 16 times above safe levels. An Indian researcher dug into the data to find out why, and how India can keep its capital breathing safely.
Families at a tree planting day at Te Muri, New Zealand in June 2017.
Mostly, humans have been devastating to the planet but, on rare occasions, we get it right. Here are stories of people who live in harmony with their surroundings, from Tibet to Morocco and beyond.
Are cows sacred to all Hindus?
Vigilante Hindu groups in India have lynched several people for eating beef. A scholar traces the history of beef-eating in ancient India.
Part of Mumbai’s character is in its chawls, which could soon become history with the state government’s push to replace them with high-rise towers.
India's quest to build smart cities by developing high-rise housing will have adverse environmental impacts and reduce resilience.