Episode 12: Royal Diamonds are Forever
In this episode, we examine the politics behind the British Royal family in terms of its relationship to the history and memory of the British Empire. Taking opportunity of William and Kate's recent visit to India, we think through the politics of the post-colonial world, and contextualise the demand for repatriation of colonial acquisitions such as the Koh-I-Noor Diamond or the Elgin Marbles.
The texts we refer to are:
Dominance Without Hegemony: History and Power in Colonial India by Ranajit Guha
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Capital, Volume 1 by Karl Marx
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
"Give Back Kohinoor? Fat Chance" by Andrew Whitehead
The photographs of William and Kate can be seen here.