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AN ERA OF DARKNESS - the ugly truth about british rule in india.  (English, Paperback, Shashi Tharoor)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: ALEPH
    • Genre: History and Politics
    • ISBN: 9789383064656, 938306465X
    • Edition: 1, 2016
    • Pages: 360
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    In 1930, the American historian and philosopher Will Durant wrote that Britain’s ‘conscious and deliberate bleeding of India… [was the] greatest crime in all history’. He was not the only one to denounce the rapacity and cruelty of British rule, and his assessment was not exaggerated. Almost thirty-five million Indians died because of acts of commission and omission by the British—in famines, epidemics, communal riots and wholesale slaughter like the reprisal killings after the 1857 War of Independence and the Amritsar massacre of 1919. Besides the deaths of Indians, British rule impoverished India in a manner that beggars belief. When the East India Company took control of the country, in the chaos that ensued after the collapse of the Mughal empire, India’s share of world GDP was 23 per cent. When the British left it was just above 3 per cent. The British empire in India began with the East India Company, incorporated in 1600, by royal charter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, to trade in silk, spices and other profitable Indian commodities. Within a century and a half, the Company had become a power to reckon with in India. In 1757, under the command of Robert Clive, Company forces defeated the ruling Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula of Bengal at Plassey, through a combination of superior artillery and even more superior chicanery. A few years later, the young and weakened Mughal emperor, Shah Alam II, was browbeaten into issuing an edict that replaced his own revenue officials with the Company’s representatives. Over the next several decades, the East India Company, backed by the British government, extended its control over most of India, ruling with a combination of extortion, double-dealing, and outright corruption backed by violence and superior force. This state of affairs continued until 1857, when large numbers of the Company’s Indian soldiers spearheaded the first major rebellion against colonial rule. After the rebels were defeated, the British Crown took over power and ruled the country ostensibly more benignly until 1947, when India won independence. In this explosive book, bestselling author Shashi Tharoor reveals with acuity, impeccable research, and trademark wit, just how disastrous British rule was for India. Besides examining the many ways in which the colonizers exploited India, ranging from the drain of national resources to Britain, the destruction of the Indian textile, steel-making and shipping industries, and the negative transformation of agriculture, he demolishes the arguments of Western and Indian apologists for Empire on the supposed benefits of British rule, including democracy and political freedom, the rule of law, and the railways. The few unarguable benefits—the English language, tea, and cricket—were never actually intended for the benefit of the colonized but introduced to serve the interests of the colonizers. Brilliantly narrated and passionately argued, An Era of Darkness will serve to correct many misconceptions about one of the most contested periods of Indian history.
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    • SHASHI THAROOR is the bestselling author of fifteen previous books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a noted critic and columnist. His books include the pathbreaking satire The Great Indian Novel (1989), the classic India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), and most recently, India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time (2015). He was a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He is a two-time member of the Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram and chairs Parliament’s External Affairs Committee. He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was honoured as New Age Politician of the Year (2010) by NDTV. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour for overseas Indians.
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    Perfect product!

    Excellent book!
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    Super!

    Fantastic. Must must read for ever Indian.It is always a pleasure to read Mr Shashi Tharoor. He is an argumentative Indian.
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    Best in the market!

    One of the best books I've ever read! I have seen Tharoor's Oxford address a number of times, but this book was an eye-opener. Aside from the many examples of British travesty described so well (the destruction of the Indian textile, agriculture, steel, shipping, and handicrafts industries), the book gives an excellent insight into why post-Independence India is the way it is. For example, why our government bureaucracy is actually an impediment to the country's progress - it was created for ...
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    An era of darkness

    The specification clearly mentions that it a hardcover. But what I got was in softcover. Why????
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    The book's alluring & refuted prima facie against British

    Firstly I felt ashamed and deserved censure for remaining oblivious and insouciant about my own country's resentful history.
    This book just enlightened me about the ostensible British Governance and their mendacity, it was like a time travel back to 1700s and uncovering the hidden truth.

    The lucidity, erudition and profound knowledge of the author is just insane.

    I must really thank him for this eye opening book.
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    Waste of money!

    It is not a hardcover. Such deception does not suit this seller.
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    Shivam Dobhal

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    Must Read for History aficionados

    Dr. Tharoor presents a strong case against colonialism and debunks the various "merits" of colonialism. The anecdotes and instances cited in the book are enriching and shed light on the aspects of the British Raj which go unmentioned in the textbooks and Audio-Visual Modules.
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    Highly recommended

    A truly excellent book that makes for an entertaining and enlightened reading. Charles Dicken's novel, ' A Tale of Two cities ' begins with the immortal words .... It was the best of times , it was worst of times. This book talks about the worst of times our country went through , in the best possible way. If we don't know how we came to be and from where , then we can't truly be masters of our fate for the uncertain future ahead.
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    Awesome

    History in depth
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    DISAPPOINTED

    Without any doubt this book is great. But..!
    Description is saying Hardcover. But they send me a paperback. Completely Disappointed. This is the first time I have been cheated by Flipkart.
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    Q:Is the book hindi version?
    A:No, sorry. What I have is an English version.
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    Q:is this a hard bound edition?
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    Q:Is the book available as an audiobook format on Audible?
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    Q:can we learn best English by this book ?
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    Q:how is the language? tough or medium, for 15 yrs old?
    A:Nicely written. Medium language. The student should be interested in history
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    Q:is it written in "The Tharoorist English" or in simple English ?
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    Q:Is this book influenced by Congress ideologies or just real incidents
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