Queen Victoria's legacy lives on in Kolkata, India's cultural capital

The former capital of British India deserves as many tourists as the more marketable Delhi and Mumbai, not least for the impressive, lingering presence of Queen Victoria and the Raj, writes Stephen McClarence

07 July 2019 - 00:00 By Stephen McClarence

A dozen 20-somethings are out in force, brandishing their smartphones. Jostling around a statue in the heart of Kolkata, they raise their phones at arm's length, smile and pout. A few more images to post. The statue commemorates an unlikely selfie star - Queen Victoria, born 200 years ago this past May.

Grandly enthroned and clutching orb and sceptre, she gazes broodily down, clearly "not amused". For a quarter of a century, Victoria was Empress of India, though she actually never set foot in the country...

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