Shashi tharoor gave a well received speech on the impact of the colonial project on india at. Shashi tharoor talks about british colonialism in india in. As the title makes clear, it is all about the iniquities of the british rule in india. The hypocrisy in favour of colonialism needed to be dealt with. The british like to point out, in moments of selfjustifying exculpation, that they deserve credit for the political unity of india that the very idea of india as one entity now three, but one during the british raj instead of multiple warring principalities and statelets, is the unchallengeable contribution of british imperial rule. By 1947, after two centuries of british rule, it had decreased sixfo. 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 law was designed in britains interests alone.
Shashi tharoor, now an indian mp, has just published his latest book on the iniquities of the british empire. His book is, in fact, an expanded take on british exploitation of india that. This 2016 book about british colonial rule made me understand the meaning and force of check your privilege. Since he writes fiction and nonfiction both, you have to pick out one out of the twos to do the justice to the question. An era of darkness the british empire in india by shashi tharoor is a historical nonfiction book. The british empire in india, published later in the uk and us as inglorious empire. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but shashi tharoor takes on and demolishes this position. The veteran leader sat down with to talk more about the horrors of british colonialism and its continuing repercussions in modern indian society. Shashi tharoor on the politics of colonisation and an. The book is composed in eight chapters through which tharoor deals with the implications of. Get it today with same day delivery, order pickup or drive up.
Churchill has as much blood on his hands as hitler does. Britain should pay india damages over colonial rule democracy, in other words, had to be prised from the reluctant grasp of the british by indian nationalists. Excerpt from shashi tharoors new book, an era of darkness in an era of darkness, shashi tharoor reveals just how disastrous british rule was for india. What the british did to india hardcover 2 mar 2017. Shashi tharoor on his new book the politician speaks on the book that grew out of his speech demanding reparations from the. In this explosive book, bestselling author shashi tharoor reveals with acuity, impeccable research, and trademark wit, just how disastrous british rule was for. Shashi tharoor talks about british colonialism in india in his new book an era of darkness. What the british did to india by shashi tharoor isbn. What shashi tharoor doesnt understand about colonialism. Tharoor rips up the banal rule book and gives us a fantastic read.
Shashi tharoor gave a well received speech on the impact of the colonial project on india at oxford a few years back, and this book is an attempt to capture the spirit of that speech in but a raft of recent nostalgic scholarship by niall ferguson and others has unfortunately brought the issue of british colonialism in india up for debate once. Tharoors book also needs to be read to understand who is a nationalist. In doing so, he seeks to remind mistyeyed raj romantics that colonialism was no joke. Shashi tharoors angry history of british rule in india is a timely response to empire nostalgia. Inglorious empire tells the real story of the british in india from the arrival of the east india company to the end of the raj and reveals how britains rise was built upon its plunder of india in the eighteenth century, indias share of the world economy was as large as europes. The bjp and the rss will perhaps figure top on the list of an average kid when asked who he thinks is a true desh bhakt.
In inglorious empire, shashi tharoor tells the real story of the british in india, from the arrival of the east india company in 1757 to the end of the raj, and reveals how britains rise was built upon its depredations in india. Shashi tharoor on the politics of colonisation and an overdue british apology. Verifying shashi tharoor, why winston churchill was. Here is the full transcript of his arguments at the oxford union. An era of darkness the british empire in india by shashi. One of the great hidden secrets of british colonialism is the slave trade. After the rebels were defeated, the british crown took over power and ruled the country ostensibly more benignly until 1947, when india won independence. Penguin presents the audiobook edition of inglorious empire, written and read by shashi tharoor. The hypocrisy in favour of colonialism needed to be dealt. What the british did to india, originated from a short lecture tharoor gave at oxford, and its main arguments were summarised by the author in an article for the guardian. Inglorious empire, what the british did to india by shashi. Buy a cheap copy of the great indian novel book by shashi tharoor.
By 1947, after two centuries of british rule, it had decreased sixfold. Inglorious empire both reiterates longstanding, persuasive and wellfounded critiques of the british rajs countless exploitative activities and the damage done under colonialism, and expresses tharoors surprise and disappointment that such. Shashi tharoor whose brilliance enchanted over 3 million people on youtube with his debating skills at an oxford union debate continues in the same vein in his new book an era of darkness. Essentially the debate was about whether colonialism was good or bad. In short, british rule was, according to tharoor, an era of darkness for. He was not the only one to denounce the rapacity and cruelty of british rule, and his assessment was not exaggerated. Victoria memorial should be converted into a museum on british atrocities.
It is a solid extension of his oxford speech which had gone viral, so anyone whos interested in forming more knowledge about the british empire in india, this book could very well be their handbook. How a debate was won in london against british colonisation of india, by shashi tharoor. The british empire in india is the latest by shashi tharoor. Tharoor vociferously refutes historians like niall ferguson who argue that colonialism across the world brought modernity and free trade, and dubs the. Tharoor treats colonialism as a moral phenomenon of the past, one that existed in a vacuum, while it is actually a phenomenon with an. A timely book that addresses the need to temper british imperial nostalgia with postcolonial responsibility. In a passionate argument, lok sabha mp shashi tharoor demanded reparation payments from the uk to india for 200 years of its colonial rule. Its measured, nonjingoistic tone is precisely what makes this book a worthy and readable one. Congress mp and former mos in the upa government, shashi tharoors new book an era of darkness. Why shashi tharoor is right on britains colonial debt to india. 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 giftfrom the railways to the rule of lawwas designed in britains interests alone. In the past few months, congress leader shashi tharoor has been in the news for his book on the onslaughts of british colonialism in india.
An explosive book on the cruelty of the british empire on india which has been written by the best selling author shashi. In it, he aggregates all the arguments required to establish that british colonial rule was an awful experience for indians and he does so with a consummate debaters skill. Dr shashi tharoor mp britain does owe reparations youtube. The speech has gone viral on social media like facebook and youtube and has also prompted a vigorous debate. In inglorious empire, shashi tharoor tells the real story of the british in india, from the arrival. Why shashi tharoor is right on britains colonial debt to. Shashi tharoor books list of books by author shashi tharoor. He also serves as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on information technology and all india professionals congress. Dr shashi tharoors new book an era of darkness reveals the ugly truth about british rule in india. He is a congress mp in india, the author of sixteen previous books and has won numerous. The british empire in india hit the stands last week. In the 18th century, indias share of the world economy was as large as europes.669 976 920 477 48 406 456 1018 1075 1224 1513 147 387 1498 323 1268 707 37 1043 832 532 1503 496 125 948 567 312 604 624 163 643 736 1217 1029 1284 301 1457 466 1181 125 715