We are grateful to the numerous university professors and alumni who have given us the necessary feedback for updating additional information about some topics and suggestions for inclusion of information about some topics and suggestions for inclusion of information on some recent developments. We thank all our readers who have found this book useful in the pursuit of their aims whether related to studying and preparation for examinations or otherwise. We are very specifically grateful to the senior history students, candidates preparing for the IAS examination and various other states Civil Services Examinations.
It is relevant to mention that on the repeated demands of the students, University teachers and other aspirants, our publishers S Chand And Company Limited have brought out a Marathi version of out book ‘A New Look at Modern Indian History ‘.
‘Nobody can change the past, not even God’, but historians may. The British historians of Indian history have proved the truth in this statement. Early British I.C.S administrators-cum-historians like Mountstuart Elphinstone, Alfred Lyall, W.W. Hunter, V.A. Smith et all and academic author like H.H. Dodwell, P.E. Roberts, Percival Spear, C.H. Philips, Judith Brown et al from the British universities of Cambridge, Oxford and London displayed a racial superiority compels in narrating the British wars of conquest and aggression in India as also in their assessment of British-Indian administrative set-up organized by the ruling race. We come across catching phrases like ‘Whiteman’s Providential Mission, ‘Blessings of British Rule in India’ and ‘Britain’s Christian duty’ in civilizing the uncivilized population in India and the world. The theme of modernization of India, under the aegis of British rule is still finding supporters in the Anglo-American universities. In fact, such writings appear an apologia for British imperial conquest of India and economic exploitation of India’s vast resources. Many Indian writers like Dadabhai Naoroji , R.C. Dutt , S.N. Banerjee, Tilak, Lajpat Rai and even some English writers like William Digby, Morris de Morris challenged the conclusions of British writers and drew attention to the "exploitative features" of British rule, of " infinite and increasing misery of Indian people" and of "aborted modernization" under British colonial rule. The debate on the theme, "British rule in India: A Blessing or a curse? "still continues.
A special feature of our book is that it mentions not only factual data about various topics but also gives information about different interpretation put forward by Western and Indian historians, with an integrated analysis. Still an additional plus feature is that at the end of every chapter Select Opinions of distinguished historians on the topic in question are reproduced.
Further developments have been provided in the following three Appendices:
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Empowered Women |Empowered Nation
The 27 Appendices provide lot of general Knowledge about Indian National Movement and freedom Struggle, Indian Polity and Economy, current events of National and International importance etc. and such are useful for candidates preparing for the IAS and other competitive examinations. For example, in the IAS examination syllabus ‘General Studies’ paper is a compulsory paper both in the Preliminary and Main examinations.
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Item Code: NZQ898 Author: B L Grover and Alka Mehta Cover: PAPERBACK Edition: 2018 Publisher: S. Chand & Company ISBN: 9789352534340 Language: English Size: 9.50 X 7.00 inch Pages: 612 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 0.75 Kg