A New Look At Modern Indian History
“Nobody can change the past, not even God, but historians may. The British historians of Indian history have proved the truth in this statement. Early British ICS. administrators- cum-historians like Mountstuart Elphinstone, Alfred Lyall, W.W. Hunter. V.A. Smith et all and academic authors like H.H. Dodwell, P.E. Roberts, Percival Spear, C.H. Philips, Judith Brown et al from the British universities of Cambridge, Oxford and London displayed a racial superiority comples in narrating the British wars of conquest and aggression in lodia as also in their assessment of British-Indian administrative set-up organized by the ruling race. We come across catching phrases like ‘Whiteman’s Providential Mission, Blessings of British Rule in India’ and ‘Britain’s Christian duty’ in civilizing the uncivilized population in India and the world. The theme of modernization of India, under the aegis of British rule is still finding supporters in the Anglo-American universities. In fact, such writings appear an apologia for British imperial conquest of India and economic exploitation of India’s vast resources. Many Indian writers like Dadabhai Naoroji, R.C. Dutt, S.N. Bannerjee, Tilak, Lajpat Rai and even some English writers like William Digby, Morris De Morris challenged the conclusions of British writers and drew attention to the “exploitative features” of British rule, of “infinite and increasing misery of Indian people” and of “aborted modernization” under British colonial rule. The debate on the theme, “British rule in India: A Blessing or a curse?” still continues.
A special feature of our book is that it mentions not only factual data about various topics but also gives information about different interpretations put forward by Western and Indian historians, with an integrated analysis. Still an additional plus feature is that at the end of every chapter Select Opinions of distinguished historians on the topic in question are reproduced
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