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  • INGLORIOUS EMPIRE

    The Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller on India’s experience of British colonialism, by the internationally-acclaimed author and diplomat Shashi Tharoor Tharoor s impassioned polemic slices straight to the heart of the darkness that drives all empires … laying bare the grim, and high, cost of the British Empire for its former subjects. An essential read Financial Times In the eighteenth century, India s share of the world economy was as large as Europe s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. The Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial gift – from the railways to the rule of law – was designed in Britain s interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India s deindustrialisation, and the destruction of its textile industry. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain s stained Indian legacy.

    Author: SHASHI THAROOR

    ISBN: 9781802061765
    ISBN: 9781802061765
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: WHAT THE BRITISH DID TO INDIA
    Author: SHASHI THAROOR

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  • BOOKLESS IN BAGHDAD


    ISBN: 0670058203
    Publisher: SOUTH ASIA BOOKS
    Subtitle: AND OTHER WRITINGS ABOUT READING
    Author: SHASHI THAROOR

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  • THE BATTLE OF BELONGING

    There are over a billion Indians alive today. But are some Indians more Indian than others? To answer this question, one that is central to the identity of every man, woman, and child who belongs to the modern Republic of India, eminent thinker and bestselling writer Shashi Tharoor explores hotly contested ideas of nationalism, patriotism, citizenship, and belonging. In the course of his study, he explains what nationalism is, and can be, reveals who is antinational, what patriotism actually means, and explores the nature and future of Indian nationhood. He gives us a clear-sighted view of the forces working to undermine the ‘idea of India’ (a phrase coined by Rabindranath Tagore) that has evolved through history and which, in its modern form, was enshrined in India’s Constitution by its founding fathers. Divided into six sections, the book starts off by exploring historical and contemporary ideas of nationalism, patriotism, liberalism, democracy, and humanism, many of which emerged in the West in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and quickly spread throughout the world.
    ISBN: 9789697834341
    Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
    Subtitle: ON NATIONALISM, PATRIOTISM, AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE INDIAN
    Author: SHASHI THAROOR

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  • WHY I AM A HINDU

    Shashi Tharoor offers a profound re-examination of Hinduism, one of the world’s oldest and greatest religious traditions.

    Opening with a frank and touching reflection on his personal beliefs, he lays out Hinduism’s origins and its key philosophical concepts – including Vedanta, the Purusharthas, and Bhakti – before focusing on texts such as the Bhagadvagita. The ‘Great Souls’, or key individuals of Hinduism, from Adi Shankara to Vivekananda, are discussed, as are everyday Hindu beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage to caste.

    Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of extremism and unequivocal in his belief that what makes India a distinctive nation with a unique culture will be imperilled if Hindu ‘fundamentalists’, the proponents of ‘Hindutva’, or politicised Hinduism, seize the high ground. In his view, it is precisely because Hindus form the majority that India has survived as a plural, secular democracy.
    ISBN: 9781925713534
    Publisher: ALEPH
    Subtitle:
    Author: SHASHI THAROOR

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  • INGLORIOUS EMPIRE : WHAT THE BRITISH DID TO INDIA

    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 deindustrialisation, 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.
    ISBN: 9780141987149
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: SHASHI THAROOR

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  • RIOT


    ISBN: 9780143420217
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: A NOVEL
    Author: SHASHI THAROOR

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