In contrast, after most of the excesses of the East India Company, the British did at least have some good intentions towards the subcontinent. While seven decades of autonomy has been able to bring about some changes in most of the other areas, the last one of these legacies has grown from a seed to a massive and well branched out tree now. From the destruction of Indian industries to the funnelling of Indian taxes to London, Tharoor paints a pretty grim picture of India under British rule. Tharoor takes on the so-called benefits of the British rule - the railways, the education system, cricket, tea - and deconstructs the rationale behind promoting them among Indians, listing out the positives and negatives. About 300 source documents are annotated in the book.
The past is not necessarily a guide to the future, but it does partly help explain the present. He too, like me, was travelling in South America and we ended up chatting about colonialism. We conquered India as an outlet for the goods of Britain. From: James Harvey Robinson, ed. The whole episode of British colonisation of India is one of heart wrenching and blood curdling one. It presents a harrowing account of the BrUtish raj in India and explains in detail If history interests you, you will simply love this book.
If the Mughals had continued their unremitting rule of India without a proper system of education introduced by the British and over-reliance on madrasas, downtown Bangalore would be a picture of a day-after-day beheading, rather than being the most important tech hub it became. Inglorious Empire is not, however, a polished effort; it seems rushed. Narayan grew up during the Raj and published his early fiction in Britain. These hereditary rulers were historically independent and wanted to maintain their lavish lifestyles. Encouraged by the government guarantees, investment flowed in and a series of new rail companies were established, leading to rapid expansion of the rail system in India. This is an Ignoratio Elenchi fallacy.
I could not help comparing China with Indian colonisation. The long term benefits can be seen today. Ravi and Sutlej after the Indus water treaty of 1960. When he talks about partition, he is not just thinking of Irish partition, but the much, much, much bloodier British engineered division of the sub-continent into India and Pakistan. Indians were effectively barred from senior positions in the civil service, meaning there were more statues of Queen Victoria in India than Indians in the higher echelons of the government administration.
As a guide to the future it has no value. It really was a stark reminder of how much Churchill had in common with his other mid-20th century peers, Hitler included. The British of course took advantage of these divisions, just like any other prudent expansionist power would have done. The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone has undergone seven hardback re-printings there. By 1870, it went down to 12. Here Tharoor grants there were some beneficial effects of empire, albeit with a dialectical twist. What started out as a pretty straightforward case of western cultural imperialism turned into the negation of the negation as Indians developed their own athletic mastery.
Prosperity comes with rising productivity and a rise in productivity depends on technology. The Raj helped us become a great subcontinent and India took off once the socialist system was written off and the Hindu growth rate was ditched by Manmohan Singh. Raw materials were freely exported to Britain, at the same time imposing protective tariff against Indian exports of finished cloth. But one thing that keeps him at the edge is the deep recognition of facts and the courage to speak it out on a national and international platform. The rest wer In 1995, I was travelling in Tierra del Fuego where I chanced to meet a middle-aged Canadian in a coffee shop. The civil service was a classic formula of British ingenuity: the clerical bookkeeping, stock tally and labor supervision were left to English-educated Indians, while policy direction and enforcement rested with British sahibs. This space is too small to outline and analyze all the arguments.
Surely, Lawrence James, Niall Ferguson couldnt be that wrong. However, it is still worth reading because of the inimitable style of Shashi Tharoor and his penchant for research before coming to conclusions. Makes quite sense with his illustrated examples. The Hindu law that was in force prior to that period condemned people of lower castes to the bottom rung of society, stripping even basic human rights such as the privilege to draw water from wells or use public thoroughfares. Without the Raj, no one would be able to unite the subcontinent; it was never one the way it became a federation after 1947. His analysis of the English divide and rule strategy, using religious differences and the caste system, was fascinating.
The South of India was divided between the Nizams of Hyderabad and the Mysore Sultanate. His latest 'An era of Darkness' once again proves what a brilliant writer he is! If you are on campus visiting for the day or attending a conference or event, you can connect your device to wireless. However, it is still worth reading because of the inimitable style of Shashi Tharoor and his penchant for research before coming to conclusions. Every improvement to Indian infrastructure was actually done to increase the efficiency of extracting India's resources and shipping them back to England. I hope your interest in Literature is genuine. He is also a prolific author, columnist, journalist and a human rights advocate.