Shashi Tharoor is back with his 15th Book ‘Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India’
Shashi Tharoor is back with his new book Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, he has 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’ 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.
About The Book:
In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, it had decreased six-fold. 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 Britain’s rise was built upon its depredations in India. India was Britain’s biggest cash cow, and Indians literally paid for their own oppression. Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India’s de-industrialisation, and the destruction of its textile industry. Under the British, millions died from starvation–including 4 million in 1943 alone, after national hero Churchill diverted Bengal’s food stocks to the war effort. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannons, massacred unarmed protesters and entrenched institutionalised racism. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed. Tharoor takes on and demolishes the arguments for the Empire, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’, from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone. This incisive reassessment of colonialism exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy.
The book had its release on 1st of September 2017 and is published by Hurst & Co. Ltd.
“Ferocious and astonishing. Essential for a Britain lost in sepia fantasies about its past, Inglorious Empire is history at its clearest and cutting best.” – Ben Judah, author of This is London
“Rare indeed is it to come across history that is so readable and so persuasive.” – Amitav Ghosh
“Brilliant EL A searing indictment of the Raj and its impact on India. EL Required reading for all Anglophiles in former British colonies, and needs to be a textbook in Britain.” – Salil Tripathi, Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee, PEN International, and author of The Colonel Who Would Not Repent.