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The Raj delusion

Forget the romantic nostalgia—British rule in India was chaotic, exploitative and cruel

By Yasmin Khan   January 2017

The Raj's glorified self-image: depiction of the English grandee of the East India Company riding in procession, c 1825 ©Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

India Conquered: Britain’s Raj and the Chaos of Empire, by Jon Wilson (Simon & Schuster, £25)

The ties between Britain and India run deep. It’s a relationship that stretches back at least 400 years and if you look at their family…

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