David Cameron frequently reaches back into history, so why not apologise for the Amritsar massacre?

In 1919, when soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald E.H. Dyer massacred between 379 and 1000 Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus assembled in Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh garden, the British Empire was the greatest superpower the Earth had ever seen and India was its prize acquisition, a jewel shining bright under a sun that never set. […]

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India’s Holy Cash Cow

This is the full version of an article I co-authored with Ambika Hiranandani and Roland Miller McCall which was first published in this month’s New Internationalist It is said that the cow is the mother of all civilisation. Of all the images of India, few are more enduring or endearing than that of the cow, […]

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Swim Against This Tide

This article, which I co-authored with environmental lawyers Ambika Hiranandani and Roland Miller McCall, was first published in The Times of India “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day,” goes the old Chinese proverb. “Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Nowadays, with massive trawlers […]

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Think Globally, Act Globally!

India must invest in green technology, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday. Like China, India is a rapidly developing country. With the world’s second largest population, a rising economy and falling poverty, the country’s energy  use is set to explode. India, however, cannot afford to follow the Western model of high-carbon industrial growth. Neither India, […]

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Food for Thought

This article, which I co-authored with environmental lawyers Ambika Hiranandani and Roland Miller McCall, was first published in The Times of India What do George Bernard Shaw, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Leo Tolstoy, Leonardo Da Vinci, Paul McCartney, and Pythagoras have in common? If your answer is they’re all towering figures of European culture, you’re only […]

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