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India for the English

Rajnarayan Chandavarkar, 8 March 1990

The British Conquest and Dominion of India 
by Penderel Moon.
Duckworth, 1235 pp., £60, April 1989, 0 7156 2169 6
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by Gita Mehta.
Cape, 463 pp., £12.95, June 1989, 0 224 01988 0
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The Last Days of the Raj 
by Trevor Royle.
Joseph, 291 pp., £15.95, June 1989, 0 7181 2904 0
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... embedded in the common sense of our time, is the notion of the gradual Anglicisation of India. Gita Mehta’s saga, Raj, traverses very similar terrain, generally with a more casual and jaunty gait; intermittently, as if suddenly self-conscious, the author turns ponderous and plodding. The subject of her tale is the response of Princely India ...

After Nehru

Perry Anderson, 2 August 2012

... into their opposite. Sen tells us that ‘no matter what the “message” of the Bhagavad-Gita is meant to be’, Arjuna’s arguments against killing are ‘not really vanquished’ by Krishna, inviting us to believe it irrelevant that Arjuna ends by agreeing with Krishna and kills as enjoined. Since Sen’s grandfather ‘identified an overarching ...

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