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Inglorious Empire
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

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 ...

Nehru
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Nehru

Shashi Tharoor delivers an incisive biography of the great secularist who—alongside his spiritual father, Mahatma Gandhi—led the movement for India’s independence from British rule and ushered his newly independent country into the modern world. The man who would one day help topple British rule and become India’s first prime minister started out as a surprisingly unremarkable student. Born into a wealthy, politically influential Indian family in the waning years of the Raj, Jawaharlal Nehru was raised on Western secularism and the humanist ideas of the Enlightenment. Once he met Gandhi in 1916, Nehru threw himself into the nonviolent struggle for India’s independence, a struggle that wasn’t won until 1947. India had found a perfect political complement to her more spiritual advocate, but neither Nehru nor Gandhi could prevent the horrific price for independence: partition. This fascinating biography casts an unflinching eye on Nehru’s heroic efforts for, and stewardship of, independent India and gives us a careful appraisal of his legacy to the world.

Pax Indica
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 460

Pax Indica

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-06-15
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  • Publisher: Prhi

In this lively, informative and insightful book, Shashi Tharoor brilliantly demonstrates how Indian diplomacy has come of age and forecasts where it will need to focus in the new millennium. He surveys India's major international relationships in detail, evokes the country's soft power and offers his thoughts on a new 'grand strategy' for the nation, arguing that India must move beyond non-alignment to multi-alignment. Stimulating, reflective, elegantly written and passionately engaged, Pax Indica is another substantial achievement from one of the finest Indian authors of our times.

An Era of Darkness
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 333

An Era of Darkness

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Great Indian Novel
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 423

The Great Indian Novel

Ved Vyas, India's oldest surviving politician from the days of Raj, reveals behind-the-scenes atrocities in India's struggle for independence

Why I Am a Hindu
  • Language: en

Why I Am a Hindu

Hinduism is one of the world's oldest and greatest religious traditions. In captivating prose, Shashi Tharoor untangles its origins, its key philosophical concepts and texts. He explores everyday Hindu beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage to caste, and touchingly reflects on his personal beliefs and relationship with the religion. Not one to shy from controversy, Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of 'Hindutva', an extremist, nationalist Hinduism endorsed by India's current government. He argues urgently and persuasively that it is precisely because of Hinduism's rich diversity that India has survived and thrived as a plural, secular nation. If narrow fundamentalism wins out, Indian democracy itself is in peril.

Bookless in Baghdad
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Bookless in Baghdad

Shashi Tharoor is once again at his provocative best. In the title essay, we learn the steep price paid by some Iraqis just to obtain a book; what does it mean when selling books, essentially selling culture, out of one's own library is the only way to put bread on the table? Later, Tharoor reminisces about growing up with books in India and the central position of classics like the Mahabharata in developing his own literary identity. The poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda recalls his incendiary deathbed challenge as an oppressive military regime invaded his home: "There is only one thing of danger for you here--my poetry!" "The defining features of today's world," Tharoor writes o...

Riot
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Riot

A powerful and poignant novel, set in and around a riot in India in 1989, is about love, hate, cultural collision, the ownership of history, and the impossibility of knowing the truth.

India
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 392

India

One of India's foremost writers assesses the country's achievements and failures over the last fifty years since its independence from British rule and notes India's importance in the challenges facing America in the twenty-first century. Reprint.

Show Business
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 307

Show Business

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