Legislative thuggery in Georgia?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2021


/ LANGUAGE In 1897, Mark Twain described the menace of Thuggee in India on the basis of a 60-year-old British government report. Twain noted in ‘Following the Equator’ (sometimes published with the alternative title ‘More Tramps Abroad’) “that nobody could travel the Indian roads unprotected and live to get through; that the Thugs respected no … Continue reading “Legislative thuggery in Georgia?”

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Jallianwala Bagh massacre: ‘Regret’ doesn’t cut it, Britain ought to say ‘sorry’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 20, 2019 / First Post


  On the hundredth anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh demanded an unequivocal apology from Britain, deeming prime minister Theresa May’s days-old expression of deep “regret” as insufficient. What would change had May used the word sorry? Would a formal apology convince India that its former coloniser … Continue reading “Jallianwala Bagh massacre: ‘Regret’ doesn’t cut it, Britain ought to say ‘sorry’”

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Jeremy Corbyn is the sort of Englishman who inspires something other than contempt

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2017


There was a time that Indians spoke of the British with awe. Indians were amazed that people from a small faraway island could have subdued so large and populous a country as theirs. That awe has faded now, as has the memory of colonial rule. My grandfather, for instance, was jubilant that the British were forced … Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn is the sort of Englishman who inspires something other than contempt”

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Yet another epic TV drama on the Raj. So blooming what?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 7, 2015


One might be entitled to be a bit perplexed about the tone adopted by sections of the Indian media to a new Channel 4 series on the British Raj. This Outlook piece seemed to alternate between outrage that “British TV executives are struck with pangs of yearning for a big budget retro-imperial programme” and the … Continue reading “Yet another epic TV drama on the Raj. So blooming what?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK