We need to talk about empire: Britain is being forced to confront its ‘original sin’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2020 / The Focus


It all started with the death in Minneapolis on 25 May of an unarmed black man named George Floyd. Nearly three weeks later, with anti-racism protests spreading across the Atlantic, Britain is engaged in an animated, agonising and admittedly divisive discussion about racial justice, colonialism and national memory. It’s part of a tableau that’s playing … Continue reading “We need to talk about empire: Britain is being forced to confront its ‘original sin’”

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Kashmir and Hong Kong are not the same

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2019


With protests in Hong Kong going into their 11th straight week and the Kashmir issue having been raised at the United Nations on Friday, August 16, many are linking the two as an example of imperialist over-reach. The argument goes that both China and India are behaving like Britain, only just not as savvy. Britain is, … Continue reading “Kashmir and Hong Kong are not the same”

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Pro-Brexit or against it? Here’s why it doesn’t really matter to the world

by Rashmee

Posted on January 14, 2019


The late economist John Kenneth Galbraith was unstuffy enough to have poked fun at his tribe. Economics, he said, is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. True, but economists do sometimes earn their keep too. Consider Simon Johnson’s clarity on Brexit. Mr Johnson is a former chief economist of the IMF, a … Continue reading “Pro-Brexit or against it? Here’s why it doesn’t really matter to the world”

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Melania Trump’s Africa wardrobe evoked a brutal history of colonialism

by Rashmee

Posted on October 10, 2018 / The National


It is pointless to parse US first lady Melania Trump’s outfits for meaning, as the former model is not known to be passionate about political causes. But the white pith helmet she wore on a visit to Nairobi National Park in Kenya, part of her four-country tour of Africa, deserves scrutiny. The pith helmet, originally … Continue reading “Melania Trump’s Africa wardrobe evoked a brutal history of colonialism”

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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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Things fall apart when the centre cannot hold as Trump takes office

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2017 / The National


 On Friday, Donald Trump takes charge of an America in which various arms of the government are indiscriminately raining blows upon the body politic. The FBI is being investigated by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog to check for bias, if any, against Hillary Clinton. Congressmen allied with the president-elect are threatening to investigate the head … Continue reading “Things fall apart when the centre cannot hold as Trump takes office”

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After Brexit, the Empire smirked back: ‘Watch Britain partition itself’

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2016


A line from a creative thinker in India: “Karma is a real bitch! They partitioned us, now watch Britain partition itself!” The reference, of course, was to the following: ** Scotland has said it sees its future in the #EU and another referendum on independence from the UK is on the cards ** Sinn Fein has … Continue reading “After Brexit, the Empire smirked back: ‘Watch Britain partition itself’”

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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