Imperial Illusions By Amartya Sen :India, Britain, and the wrong lessons. AMARTYA SEN is Lamont University Professor at Harvard University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998. December 31, 2007 I. As I entered secondary school in the mid-1940s in what was devout-tempered British India, I remember thinking that, despite our toughness with the British, it was instead agreeable that the favorite military music of the British Army was Beating the Retreat. There was little sign in 1944 that the British were about to evacuate the country, despite the swelling oversupply lamp of the Indian national movement led by Gandhi and former(a) semi debonaireal leaders; but the decisive moment was non far off. It came rather abruptly in 1947, sixty long time ago, ushering in the beginning of the end of the biggest empire ever, bar none, as Ni all(prenominal) Ferguson describes it in his book Empire, a guarded but eager celebration of British over-embellishedism. W hile this year the Indian newspapers pose been wide-cut of festivity for what has been achieved in six decades of independence, it is worth retentivity more soberly that this is as well as the anniversary of the end of a real long imperial relationship.
As the year 2007 trails away, it is a good time to take a general breast corroborate at the history of the domination of a hot, sunny, and large subcontinent in the Orient by rulers from a small body politic in rainy, windy, cool--and very far away--islands on the western boundary of Europe. In India, indeed, this is a year of anniversaries. Not only did that imperi al rule of the subcontinent end sixty old a! ge ago, it also began 250 years ago, with a small but hugely repercussive face in 1757. On June 23 of that year, Robert Clive led the forces of the East India troupe to cudgel the Nawab of Bengal in the battle of Plassey, thereby initiating British find of state power in India. The battle lasted all of a day, but it is still seen as a memorable event both in Britain and in the subcontinent; and when I gave a...If you wish to confirm a full essay, order it on our website: OrderCustomPaper.com
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