SHASHI THAROOR’S BOOK

ABOUT

 

What is said or not said in the  book !!!

 

Adding colours between  those brilliant lines is

 

 YOUR JOB       

 

COMPARE PORTUGUESE ,DUTCH., French entry in India

Differentiate between PORTUGUESE VISION AND THE REST.(GRAND , PRESUMPTIVE)??

 

Page xiii

1600: British Royal Charter forms the East India Company, beginning the process that will lead to the subjugation of India under British rule.  16-13-14: British East India Company sets up factory in Masulipatnam and trading post at Surat under William Hawkins.  Sir Thomas Roe presents his credentials as ambassador of King James I to the Mughal Emperor Jehangir.

DISCUSS Portuguese history in Indian ocean as compared to above ;

DISCUSS  AND DIFERENTIATE THE EXIT FROM INDIA 

Page xxiii on atonement

It is getting late for atonement, but not too late:  I, for one, dearly hope that a British Prime Minister will find the heart, and the spirit, to get on his or her knees at Jallianwala Bagh in 2019 and beg forgiveness from Indians in the name of his or her people for the unforgivable massacre that was perpetrated at that site a century earlier.  David Cameron’s rather mealy-mouthed description of the massacre in 2013 as a ‘deeply shameful event’ does not, in my view, constitute an apology.  Nor does the ceremonial visit to the site in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, who merely left their signatures in the visitors’ book, without even a redeeming comment.  Whoever the PM is on the centenary of that awful crime will not have been alive when the atrocity was committed, and certainly no British government of 2019 bears a shred of responsibility for that tragedy.

 

Discuss your take on ATTONMENT.

Discuss ALL ASPECTS, EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL, PHYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS

 

WILL IT EVER HAPPEN THAT THE BRITISH P.M. IS OF INDIAN ORIGIN?

The British conquest of India was the invasion and destruction of a high civilization by a trading company [ the British East India Company] utterly without scruple or principle, careless of art and greedy of gain, over-running with fire and sword a country temporarily disordered and helpless, bribing and murdering, annexing and stealing, and beginning that career of illegal and ‘legal’ plunder which has not {1930} gone on ruthlessly for one hundred and seventy-three years.

How far is it applicable or not to others. ???

 

Page 7

 

THE DEINDUSTRIALIZATION OF INDIA:  TAXATION, CORRUPTION & THE  ‘NABOBS’

Page 82

“ The  British used the term “Anglo-Indian” to refer to British people living and working in India, and “Eurasian” to refer to those of mixed parentage, usually the children of lower-ranking Europeans and “other ranks” who could not afford to snare one of the women from the ‘fishing fleet’ and ended up cohabiting with, and in a few cases marrying, Indian women.  Today, the descendants of these Eurasians are known as “Anglo-Indians’, a term that causes confusion to readers of colonial documents, where the term only refers to the English in India.

Is similarity reflected  among other colonial powers??

Page 95-96

THE (PARTLY) FREE PRESS

Apologists for Britain, and many critics, tend to give the Empire credit for introducing the concept of the free press to India, starting the first newspapers and promoting a consciousness of the rights a free citizen was entitled to enjoy.  It is certainly true that Indian nationalism and the independence movement could not have spread  across the country without the active involvement of the free press.

 

What was the role of press in goa??

Although the first printing press was introduced to the subcontinent by the Portuguese in 1550, it only printed books, as indeed did the first British printing press, established in Bombay in 1664.  It took more than a century for the first newspaper to be printed in India when, in 1780, James Augustus Hicky published his Bengal Gazette, or Calcutta General Advertiser.

 

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