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India has changed beyond recognition

Posted August 15, 2017

Evening Standard




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

Posted August 2, 2017

The Guardian


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.”


Such views were not confined to foreigners. Three years earlier, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari – a confidant of Gandhi, and the first Indian governor-general of the country – had predicted that “the centrifugal forces will ultimately prevail”, bringing anarchy or fascism. And my most vivid memories of growing up as one of the midnight’s children generation – born as the union jack was hauled down from Delhi’s Red Fort at midnight on 15 August 1947 – are of listening to my parents’ generation, who had survived partition, mournfully surveying the country’s future, some even hoping the British would come back.

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

Posted June 16, 2017

 Financial Times
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.
We are in a magnolia-coloured room he calls “the drawing room in old-fashioned terms”. He is perched on a beige-coloured fender surrounding the fireplace. The fender is like the one at White’s, his London club, whose members include the Prince of Wales. Gordon-Watson, 57, has been mixing in such high society since he was a child. As an eight-year-old, he was taken to see his first football match at Arsenal in the chairman’s chauffeur-driven Bentley and lunched in the club’s ornate boardroom. It made him temporarily an Arsenal supporter but he has long since switched to Chelsea. To read the rest of the article please click here.

Josy Joseph of The Hindu reviews The Indian Spy

Posted June 9, 2017

The Hindu

The Indian Spy: The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II Mihir Bose Aleph Book Company ₹599  

Who was Bhagat Ram Talwar? A journalist-writer tells us another fascinating chapter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s life

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is a fascinating, and an unusual, historical figure who combines charisma and mystery, a deadly cocktail that has spurred a flourishing industry of books, essays, documentaries, films and endless discussions. Even seven decades after he disappeared, Bose continues his unusual exuberant journey stoking Indian pride and imagination.

London-based journalist-writer Mihir Bose has played a crucial role in filling the many mysterious gaps and critical information about Netaji ever since his first biography of the freedom fighter came out in the 1980s. His latest book The Indian Spy: The True Story of the Most Remarkable Secret Agent of World War II was originally published in 2016 in the U.K. as Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis.

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Review of The Indian Spy in The Sunday Standard, New Delhi

Posted May 28, 2017

The Sunday Standard New Delhi

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