Personal and undiluted views
Delhi

1941 days ago

Problems in India today - Blame it on the wicked Britishers - I despise the BBC

There seem to be a few problems in the Delhi area right now thanks to a dispute between castes in the province to the North. It may seem odd but one - privileged - caste has demanded its status be lowered so its kids get the same breaks as lower castes. Riots have ensued.

This is being discussed by John Humphries on Radio 4 just now - his guests two Indians. You will remember that the parents of my wife arrived here from India in the 1950s and that I can claim an Indian passport if I wish as my Grandmother was born there. We both like India in this household.

But I have just screamed at the radio. The woman guest says this is all down to tamperings with the caste system introduced by the British.

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2258 days ago

Weekly Postcard #108 - All those links to India edition

The Mrs touches down in Delhi tomorrow morning and that and a film we watched last night set me thinking about all those family links to India strteching back to 1856: Knatchbull-Hugeson, Eleanor Booker, the Ilbert Bill and my grandmother Margaret Booker. A personal family tour through history podcast.

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