THE CERTITUDE OF CONQUERORS, The Hindu [Sunday, October 12th, 2008]

I have been reading A. N. Wilson’s book After the Victorians, a survey of British social and political life in the first half of the twentieth century. Unlike some other British historians, Wilson is aware of the fact that at this point in time his country had an empire. His book thus moves between developments [...]

 
 
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  STUNG BY THE WEST, The Telegraph [Saturday, April 2nd, 2005]

Back in the 1850s, Karl Marx wrote a series of essays on the results of British rule in India. These essays were marked by an ambivalence that was uncharacteristic as well as profound. On the one hand, Marx saw that the British had come to the sub-continent to dominate and exploit, objectives that were deeply [...]

 
 
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  AMERICAN PRIDE AND POWER, The Hindu [Sunday, April 11th, 2004]

The best second-hand bookstore in India is located not in Kolkata’s College Street but in my home town, Bangalore. This is Select Bookshop, which was founded in 1945 by a lawyer named K. B. K. Rao. In six decades the store has shifted location as many times: once on Mahatma Gandhi Road, then in Malleswaram, [...]

 
 
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