Caption: Empire

One of the imaginary courses I want to teach in the near-future would be a course on Empires and their native agents. Writing my paper for the recent conference kinda crystallized the desire and reading Dipeshda’s introduction to the Bernard Cohn Omnibus was a real inspiration.

In the interest of such a course [and the further interest of not having much to say for the rest of the week], I am putting up a picture taken by the late Henri Cartier-Bresson in Delhi in 1948 of Nehru and the Mountbattens [Here is the link to the big version]. As they say that pictures speak a thousand words, say a few about this one, gentle readers.