Letter to the Times

Love of British Rule

Sir, Contrary to Victoria Bagshaw’s belief (letter, Mar 25), Ramsay MacDonald did not love India, he loved the idea of the British ruling India. In The Awakening of India he wrote: “For many a long year British sovereignty will be necessary for India . . . Britain is the nurse of India. Deserted by her guardian, India would be the prey of disruptive elements within herself as well as victims of her own too-enthusiastic worshippers.”

Not many Indians today would care for Theresa May posing as a “nurse” come to look after a sick India.

Mihir Bose

London W6

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Can the Euros decide how the Brits vote in the referendum?

Inside World Football

On the face of it this is an absurd question. How can what happens to England, Wales and Northern Ireland make any difference to how they vote in the EU referendum?

The first is a football tournament that at the end of the day only affects one continent, albeit the most important one in footballing terms – it controls the game economically, the best players in the world play on the continent and, after Germany’s victory in Brazil, south America can no longer claim that at least on the field of play it is superior. Nevertheless kicking a ball, or worrying about Ronaldo’s moods, has surely nothing to do with how we decide what is described as a decision that will affect not merely us but our children and their children.

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Just published

Silver: The Spy Who Fooled The Nazis

‘This fascinating tale…’ The Independent

‘…Mihir Bose’s beautifully written book.’ The Jewish Chronicle

Mihir Bose’s new book is about the only quintuple spy of the Second World War who spied for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British. Silver was one of many codenames for a man whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from theNorth West Frontier province of then British India. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross, Germany’s highest military decoration, and paid him £2.5 million in today’s money.  

Full of wonderful tales of Silver’s deceptions including the twelve trips from Peshawar to Kabul to supply false information to the Germans, always making the near-200-mile journey on foot over mountain passes and hostile tribal territory.  And when an Afghan nearly rumbled him, he invited him to a curry meal in which he had mixed deadly tiger’s whiskers killing the Afghan. 


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