In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused millions to die from starvation.
British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial “gift”from the railways to the rule of lawwas designed in Britain’s interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India’s deindustrialization and the destruction of its textile industry. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy.
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About the Author
Shashi Tharoor served for twenty-nine years at the UN, culminating as Under-Secretary-General. He is a Congress MP in India, the author of fourteen previous books, and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow.
Table of Contents
ChronologyAcknowledgementsPreface1. The Looting of India2. Did the British Give India Political Unity?3. Democracy, the Press, the Parliamentary System and the Rule of Law4. Divide Et Impera5. The Myth of Enlightened Despotism6. The Remaining Case for Empire7. The (Im)Balance Sheet: A Coda8. The Messy Afterlife of ColonialismNotes and ReferencesBibliographyIndex
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
tharoor is completely out of the mark. British ruled many counties Singapore, Korea, hongkong. These countries are developed and is great place to live. so who is to blame for India's poor status today? It is the indian voters and regualtory watch dogs! India is a bad place because of Shashi tharoor's political party Congress and other party's like BJP, dmk, ncp, bsp, bsp, sp, aiadmk, mdmk pmk, cPMI. These ruling indian politicians like Sashi Tharoor and his mentors are violators - all laws they have seriously violated -FEMA (forex) POTA( abetting/funding Tamil EELAM terrorist, maoist) Immoral trafficking( via kollywood bollywood etc), also asfor FEMA Rahul gandhi detained by FBI in boston airport for having $$$200 thousand cash in hand. Why they released him? many of them also have Swiss accounts. list is wiht RBI. why not released? who is national interest? public or these traitors? Drugs and narcotics act( one haryana CM Chautalal was jailed in singapore for possessing cocaine in the early 90s. why they released him? it is death penalty there) Hindu marriage act - polygamy ab bigamy -all tamil leaders are guilty; liqour business. Essential commodities act -colluding with trade union leaders and sabotaging prices -dmk /aiadmk and others. ( all these fellas should be detailed and all illgotten wealth, totalling to more than $$$100 billions must released to the treasury. This will happen.
A very enlightening book that presents facts and data to back claims. Much of the book goes to present a sequence of events that lead to India's economic depreciation over centuries under British rule, how the British codified communal hatred along religious and caste lines in order to further divide, and how they suppressed the very civil rights of common Indian for which they claimed they had colonized India in the first place. Also, I do appreciate Tharoor's viewpoint is that we shouldn't forget our past but also not garner any great animosity towards anyone because of it. Bitter hatred would make the hater much more of a failure than the hated. This book does present a nuanced view, and not overtly nationalistic or a colonial apologist view of British colonialism in India. Must read for anyone who needs an extensive view of what is to be a Indian subject at that era in what was called "Jewel of the British crown".