Media and government attacks on The National Trust’s project stem from the quintessentially British tradition of purposely obscuring the past.

Speke Hall in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Hall is one of the many country estates managed by The National Trust that were originally owned by enslavers. Source: The National Trust Images/Paul Harris

The legitimisation of Hindutva, an ideology whose origins lie in British colonialism and Fascism, makes this a day of critical reflection, not celebration, for India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone ceremony of the Ram Mandir, August 5th 2020. Source: PTI

Fanon’s vision of a world freed from the shackles of racism can still influence our personal and political lives.

Frantz Fanon (20 July 1925–6 December 1961). Source:

“The Library of Babel” by Erik Desmazières (1997). Source:

The key to maintaining our mental well-being during the coming months lies in transforming loneliness into a space of solitude.

“Eleven A.M.” by Edward Hopper (1926). Source:

Aditya Iyer

Freelance journalist and writer. Interests: history (pre- and post-colonial), culture, and immigration. Also strives to befriend small animals.

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