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The Men Who Ruled India

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Hardcover, Abridged, 368 pages
Published March 1st 1985 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Pramod Pant
'Men who ruled India' could have gained a bit more of credibility by adding 'for 200 years' to the title. That actually is the problem with the Raj period. It is close to us, it is personal to a lot of people, both British and Indians and some tend to forget that the men who ruled 'India' go way back thousands of years. British Raj was merely a blip.

The idea of India as 'a Nation created by the Raj' was orchestrated by the British to make the occupation comfortable for them. It was a fable. Tra
Sajith Kumar
India has a tradition several millennia old, of which the last two centuries wrought more change than all the others combined. A great part of this last period saw the country ruled by the British, who first came here as traders, then accumulated military power for the protection of trade from brigands who arose from the unsettled nature of affairs caused by the political vacuum of post-Mughal era, and who afterwards found it expedient to set their own rules and administer the country. This str ...more
a classic that gives a lot of the early English figures - though this is abridged version of his more thorough work. I am taking this one slowly. Enjoyed in the end but not for everyone - Only really of interest in modern Indian History
Tariq Mahmood
It's a subject which has intrigued me for some years now, how we're a handful of foreigners able to rule over millions of Indians for so long? Are the Indians inherently pliant and servile by nature? Or did the Indian see some clear benefit from the new master race?

The author starts from 1600, when the East India Company applied for their first warehouse in Surat from a drunken and debauched Emperor Jehangir. One of the first differences to be noted by English ambassador Hawkins was the nature
A quite detailed expose of the English administrators, soldiers, traders, merchants who made up the British imperial tide washing over India, tracking their progress beginning from the 16th century through the gradual buildup and accumulation of territories by the EIC, the Mutiny and taking over by the Crown and so on till postwar Independence that marked the end of this jewel of the empire. Mason tells brief stories of all sorts of characters involved, from the famous to the lesser known, so it ...more
Rohan Puri
A great book for any Indian who wants to see both sides of a coin.
Throughout all known works in India regarding the British rule, they have always been portrayed to be on the negative side.(Though which side they actually belonged to is not the point.)
This book gives us an understanding of the British rule from the British perspective. A fine and extensive piece of work which enlightens a lot more than what is typically presumed to have occurred during the British times in India.
A nice look back at how British went into ruling our country, but from a different perspective. Enlightens us about the difficulties they had to face and problems they had to solve, which is often not said anywhere in the stories we hear about the British raj. Also, shows the differences among the different kingdoms that made the sub-continent and how it was advantageous to someone taking over.
Mason was an officer in the Indian Civil Service and his books were written almost to justify the British role in India. They were well written and accurate, and are now fascinating to see how the British felt about themselves in this colonial role
This book gives a clear insight about the British rule in India. An engrossing read put down in admirable style by the author. A must for anyone interested in history and India's past.Revealing, wish i had read it earlier.
Subroto Chattopadhyay
Plato scripted the philosophy, the English put it into the curriculum in hailebury ..... Wonderful book
Devsaday Dutt
An amazing book about the effort put in by early Englishmen in India to trace its history.
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From the obituary in The Independent: PHILIP MASON OBE, CIE will be remembered first and foremost as a writer of history, not of the exhaustively researched, academic kind addressed to fellow specialists, but sound, well-reflected, worldly-wise history, beautifully written and effortlessly read, such as appeals to people of experience in every walk of life. Less well-known, but no less important, ...more
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