Author – Shashi Tharoor
Rating – *****
Language – English
Number of Pages – 338
The Author, Shashi Tharoor, is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha.
The birth of the book is the speech made by the author at Oxford when author was invited as a speaker at Oxford Union. After praises, criticism, trolling over internet, the speech made its way in the heart of masses. The book is not his written speech; it is differ in many respects. This book is not about British Colonialism as a whole, but simply tells about India’s experience of it. It does not tell a story of British Raj on India but makes an argument.
Starting from 1600 when British Charter forms East India Company, who once entered in the country as traders and then eventually ruled the country till 1947 – India gain independence on 15th august, partition of the country, Britain exits India. Brief history of the dark phase of Indian history and their impact on India and over Indians from the eye of author.
During the period, the India becomes mere exporter of raw material to Britain and its export market of manufacturing goods declined considerably. British Raj extracted the wealth in the name of taxation. Britain’s Industrial Revolution was built on the destruction of India’s thriving manufacturing industries. Factual figures are also stated in the book.
There is nothing new, which, one haven’t read before about Indian history but book neither trashing British Raj. It evaluates the impact of Colonialism and how India made progress after independence to one of the world’s fastest growing economy.