An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

Shashi Tharoor

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Nissan Lecture Theatre
Shashi Tharoor (Lok Sabha)
Faisal Devji (St Antony’s)

Notable both as a politician and a writer, Shashi Tharoor is currently serving his second term as Lok Sabha MP and as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. Over the years he has held multiple roles including serving as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations under Kofi Annan’s leadership. 

Dr Tharoor has also authored numerous novels and non-fiction works including The Great Indian Novel (which received the 1991 Commonwealth Writers' Prize). His latest book, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India, will be the focus of this event. In a bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s Indian legacy. Shashi Tharoor looks to take on and demolish the argument that British imperialism in the Indian subcontinent was a form of enlightened despotism, and aims to demonstrate how every supposed imperial ‘gift’, from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone. 

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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