Weekend Mega Linkfest: 26 May, 2023

Some off beat reads for the weekend:

The War in Ukraine was provoked (Jeffrey Sachs)

2024 isn’t a done deal for Modi (Swarajya)

The inside story of Russia-Iran-India connectivity (Cradle)

South Africa’s Copper gangs (FT)

Afghans built urban Pakistan (Zocalo)

Britain’s forgotten war for rubber (Declassified UK)

Opium’s part in imperial history (Guardian)

How Russia tried to colonise Africa and failed (Al Jazeera)

The rise of the anti-intellectual (Dawn)

The cancellation of classical music (Spiked)

Thread: When harmonium was banned in India (Veejaysai)

The free dogs of India (Aeon)

The remarkable history of bar snacks in India (Mint)

Thread: Travelogue Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Dr AP)

Thread: Konark Temple (Vertigo Warrior)

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