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India has changed beyond recognition

and so have fortunes of its expats here

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70 years after independence, the India I know is losing its way

As the country celebrates 70 years of independence, it seems to be turning its back on the secular, tolerant society I remember growing up in Mumbai.

In 1960, 13 years after India won freedom, the American writer Selig Harrison published India: The Most Dangerous Decades. He feared “the collapse of the Indian state into regional components” ruled by communists. Predicting that India would never be able to match China, he wrote: “The west confronts the unmistakable fact of a dominant central authority in China, it is possible that in an unstable India no outsider will be able to say with assurance where political legitimacy resides.”

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Bloodstock agent Charles Gordon-Watson on the chase for champions – At Home

As one of Britain’s top spotters of equine pedigree, the Brexit-backer laments how foreign owners are taking over UK flat-racing.
One of Britain’s leading bloodstock agents, Charles Gordon-Watson, lives in a house steeped in history. His home is part of the 5,000-acre Sydmonton estate near Newbury, Berkshire, which dates back to the 16th century. Inside, he has surrounded himself with paintings and objects that make up a visual history of his life.

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From Midnight to Glorious Morning? India since Independence

Mihir Bose, born just seven months before India won its freedom, spent much of his life watching as India anxiously awaited news of how much aid it was to receive from the West.  Now India is one of the largest exporters of food in the world, sends space probes to Mars and is a rapidly emerging global power.

How did a country that many doubted would survive at birth transform into a nation capable of rivalling China and challenging the West?  Bose recognises that there is much to celebrate in India’s short history of independence.  Yet, as this personal and trenchant book show, there is still a long way to go before the dawn of that hoped-for bright morning.

 

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