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The magic bonding between Ireland and India

Is it about the anti-British sentiment? Or about the politicians, historians and travellers?

friendship, diplomacy

Illustration by Binay Sinha

Sunanda K Datta-Ray
When India was starving, hungry Ireland sent her food. Some said the magic bonding was anti-British sentiment. “We’ve suffered the same,” a taxi-driver once told me. “The British set one religion against the other, partitioned the country, and walked away!”

Did I hear that in Dublin or Belfast, Cork or Waterford? I have forgotten just as I have forgotten whether Frederick Forsyth set his short story There are no Snakes in Ireland, about a Punjabi medical student’s complex revenge on his racially abusive boss, in the North or South. But sworn enemies though they might have been through decades of turbulence,
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First Published: Sep 27 2019 | 8:07 PM IST

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