India celebrates its 75th anniversary of independence today. As a fellow member of the Commonwealth, Australia wasn’t always supportive of India’s ambitions for self-determination.
For some, the forced movement and brutalities of partition in 1947 led to new opportunities for women and migration to Britain.
How one member of the Indian Civil Service coped with being a colonial usurper.
Intellectuals of the time saw the British Empire as the heir to the civilising influence of ancient Rome.
As the British Empire became an unaffordable burden, planning for India’s independence quickly ran into trouble.