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10 September 2018
A solid summary of the arguments against the supposed "benefits" of British Imperial rule of India from the mid 18th to mid 20th centuries. Tharoor moves quickly over a vast landscape as he refutes the many arguments put forth by Raj-nostalgics and neo-Imperialist writers.

As a student of Indian history it was good to be refreshed on how the Raj, like all Imperial regimes were all about extraction, suppression and discrimination ( to put it mildly) and not about providing benefits to India or Indians.

Former American Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, once created controversy by claiming Britain invented racism. This book is good evidence for that.

Tharoor himself is a divisive figure in India and his somewhat glib and supremely confident tone will turn some off but the substance he marshalls while not original is powerful.
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