Written by Lakshmi Venkataraman Venkatesan

Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s much-loved monarch has passed away. Prince Charles has taken over as King Charles III, amidst a lot of hope and interest around he is going to fill the Queen’s enormous shoes, especially at a time of great political uncertainty, climate change and other global challenges.

One has only to examine Charles’s long and dedicated public service record – from caring for the underprivileged, to protecting the environment, to the preservation of historic architecture – to know that not only will he do his utmost to emulate and equal the Queen’s extraordinary service record but will put his own unique stamp on it. Nowhere has this been more evident, to me, than in his desire to engage with India.