“Mountbatten’s legacy to India”
Ramachandra Guha writes in The Spectator that one of Lord Mountbatten's contributions has been overlooked. The last Viceroy of India helped to solve “a geopolitical problem the like of which no newly independent state had ever faced” – the union of more than 500 princely states into the one nation of India. The alternative, which Mountbatten helped to avert, was "anarchy and chaos". The result is a nation that appears, increasingly, to be thriving.