How titles helped the British monarchy thrive

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The British TV serials Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister were a hit in India. Sunil Mittal of Bharti Enterprises received an honorary knighthood, raising questions about Indian citizens accepting British titles post-independence. The British Empire used titles to reward and bind Indian rulers.

The British TV serials Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister were a hit in India for poking fun at politicians and bureaucrats. They were also a master-class in how both species, despite internal fights and follies, still managed to confuse and control the world at large. We laughed, but uneasily wondered if the joke was on us. A key tactic was the use of language which slippery bureaucrats and manipulative politicians ensured was never quite what

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Vikram Doctor

ET Bureau

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