The Finanacial times have expressed their opinion on the latest title from Shashi Tharoor as, ‘Tharoor convincingly demolishes some of the more persistent myths about Britain’s supposedly civilising mission in India … [he] charts the destruction of pre-colonial systems of government by the British and their ubiquitous ledgers and rule books … The statistics are worth repeating.’ ‘Inglorious Empire’ is a timely reminder of the need to start teaching unromanticised colonial history in British schools.
As The Irish Times says it is a welcome antidote to the nauseating righteousness and condescension pedaled by Niall Ferguson in his 2003 book Empire.’
The eighteenth century saw India as one of the largest economy as big as Europe’s, but by 1947 it decreased over six fold. Shashi Tharoor tells the real story of the British in India starting from the arrival of the East India Company in 1757 to the end of the Raj, and reveals what British had done to India and 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.
Under the British, millions died from starvation–including 4 million in 1943 alone. Tharoor takes on and demolishes the arguments for the Empire. Inglorious Empire serves to be an authoritative account of the past and the narration will take you to past.
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’ 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.