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How India Lost Her Freedom

How India Lost Her Freedom

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January 2018 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

A freedom fighter's account of India's struggle for independence.

How the British came to India, slowly penetrated the sub-continent and established an empire is a story recorded by many historians but not fully told...

The early British historians tried to play down the role of their countrymen in subjugating the native kingdoms in India by all means. It was left to a few diligent historians to carry out painstaking research and unravel the facts. Pandit Sunderlal, who wrote this sensational book originally in Hindi in 1929, vigorously exposed the British plan to enlarge their sphere of influence in India slowly and steadily through a number of dubious methods. Apart from revealing the state of affairs between the Indian native kingdoms and the East India Company, How India Lost Her Freedom provides a fine account of what India was prior to the advent of the British. The book focuses on the crucial facts and events that led to the establishment of British rule over India. 

History of This Book
Foreword by R. H. Khwaja
Europeans Arrive in India
Siraj-ud-Daula—Battle of Plassey
Mir Jafar
Mir Kasim—Subedar “Rebel” Fugitive
Mir Jafar Again
After Mir Jafar
Warren Hastings
The First Maratha War
Battles in the South—Haider Ali—Tipu
Sir John Macpherson—Acting Governor-general
Lord Cornwallis (1786–93)
Sir John Shore (1793–98)
Marquess of Wellesley
Nizam Forced into “Subsidiary Alliance”
Tipu Sultan
States of Oudh and Farrukhabad
Annexation of Tanjore
End of Karnatak Nawab’s Sovereignty
Annexation of Surat
Schemes against the Peshwa and Sindhia
Reinstatement of Bajirao as Peshwa
Origin of the Second Maratha War
Intrigues and Machinations
Empire Expansion
Battles Between the English and Jaswantrao Holkar
Siege of Bharatpur

Instead of indulging in the kind of communal narrative that is in vogue these days, [the author] takes pains to highlight India’s composite culture, which the British did much to destroy. The book is written from the point of view of a secular nationalist. He has taken great pains to collect a lot of evidence to expose some of the classic falsehoods in colonialist histories, including false accusations against Indian rules and “a few examples of misappropriation of our history”.


Business Standard, 16 March 2018

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ISBN: 9789352806409