Even with its flaws, Victoria & Abdul is a sweet reaffirmation of how similar we are, regardless of skin colour, language or ethnicity.
The BBC film explores Queen Victoria’s later years when, bored with court life and her role as empress of a distant land, she develops a close friendship with an Indian clerk.
A new gallery at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts will showcase the master’s photographs of lifestyles of the rich and royal in British India.
It is tempting to see this as an example of old-style British imperial arrogance – and the British mindset as the last great bastion of Empire still holding out against decolonisation.
In this excerpt from The Exile, Navtej Sarna recovers the voice of Maharaja Duleep Singh as he tells the story of his last encounter with the Koh-i-noor – the diamond which once belonged to him and which he insisted till the very end had been stolen by the British.