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The dreamers and conmen who conquered India

Many simply didn't want to integrate into the Indian way of life

By Burhan Wazir   April 2019
General Lord Cornwallis, receiving two of Tipu Sultan's sons as hostages in the year 1793 © Robert Home/Wikicommons

General Lord Cornwallis, receiving two of Tipu Sultan's sons as hostages in the year 1793 © Robert Home/Wikicommons

Four decades after the Indian rebellion of 1857, George Curzon, then viceroy, wrote: “While we hold onto India, we are a first-rate power. If we lose India, we will decline to a third-rate power.”

Immigration, jobs and the search for meaning cast a long shadow over David Gilmour’s wonderfully entertaining The British in India, which…

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