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British Rule in India


October 2018 | 548 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

A freedom fighter’s telling account of the exploitation of India by the East India Company.

In 1929, Pandit Sunderlal’s original work in four volumes, Bharat Mein Angrezi Raj, was banned by the British because of its fearless criticism of their rule in India. In sharp contrast to narratives by British historians, who stressed that India was in a state of arrested development before the British arrived, Pandit Sunderlal’s books celebrated India’s past. In 1960, the Government of India brought out this history in two volumes: How India Lost Her Freedom and British Rule in India. The first volume How India Lost Her Freedom was published by SAGE earlier this year. It details how British traders penetrated the sub-continent and established the foundation of their rule.

This second volume British Rule in India covers the period from 1805 (Second Maratha War), a turning point for the East India Company, to 1858, when the East India Company had to cede control to the British Crown. It details how the British acquired territories by sly and dishonourable treaties and how their rule led to extremely large-scale economic exploitation. It painstakingly traces the history of the deliberate destruction of Indian industry and the plundering that went on under the guise of development.

Pandit Sunderlal was an eminent Gandhian and freedom fighter.

18th March 1929
First published
1,700 copies sold in 4 days

22nd March 1929
Banned by British Government

13th November 1937
Ban lifted; 2nd edition published
10,000 copies sold

1960
3rd edition published by Publications Division, Government of India, in two volumes

1963
4th edition published

1970 & 1972
The two books published by Popular Prakashan

January 2018
How India Lost Her Freedom published by SAGE

July 2018
British Rule in India hits the stores once again

Note: Now this ISBN-9780856550676 has a new identity.

 
Foreword by Amar Farooqui
 
End of the Second Maratha War
 
The First Lord Minto (1807–1813)
 
Deliberate Destruction of Indian Industries and Trade
 
The War with Nepal
 
Some Other Achievements of Lord Hastings
 
The Third Maratha War
 
Lord Amherst (1823–1828)
 
Lord William Bentinck (1828–1835)
 
Charter Act of 1833
 
National Education under British Rule
 
The First Afghan War
 
Annexation of Sindh
 
Ellenborough’s Action against Indian Rulers
 
The First Sikh War
 
The Second Sikh War
 
The Second Burmese War
 
Usurpations
 
Before the 1857 Revolution
 
Greased Cartridges—‘Fat in the Fire’
 
Reprisals
 
Jhansi and Oudh
 
Punjab—Its Importance and Reaction
 
On the March to Delhi
 
Delhi–Its Emperor and People
 
First Battles for Delhi
 
March of the Revolution and Its Repercussions
 
Slaughter of Innocents
 
Fall of Delhi
 
Delhi after Its Fall
 
Lucknow—Oudh—Rohilkhand
 
Bihar
 
Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi
 
Ineffectual Outbreaks in the South
 
Oudh’s Last Bid for Freedom
 
Tatya Tope’s Final Efforts
 
A Retrospective View of the Revolution
 
After 1857—England’s Reaction
 
Epilogue
 
Bibliography
 
Annals
 
Index
Key features

·         This book was banned in 1929 by the British government for its audacious and vigorous exposure of the large-scale economic exploitation that the East India Company had unleashed in India.

·         Inspite of the ban placed on it by the British government, this book quickly earned a name for itself and hundreds of copies were sold in a matter of days.

·         It traces the history of India from the Second Maratha War (1805), which cemented the foundation of the British rule, right till 1858, when the British Crown assumed direct control of the Government of India.

·         The book also provides a fine account of what India was prior to the advent of the British.



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