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British Rule in India

British Rule in India by Pandit Sunderlal
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A freedom fighter’s telling account of the exploitation of India by the East India Company.

In 1929, Pandit Sunderlal’s original work in four volumes, Bharat Mein Angrezi Raj, was banned by the British because of its fearless criticism of their rule in India. In sharp contrast to narratives by British historians, who stressed that India was in a state of arrested development before the British arrived, Pandit Sunderlal’s books celebrated India’s past. In 1960, the Government of India brought out this history in two volumes: How India Lost Her Freedom and British Rule in India. The first volume How India Lost Her Freedom was published by SAGE earlier this year. It details how British traders penetrated the sub-continent and established the foundation of their rule.

This second volume British Rule in India covers the period from 1805 (Second Maratha War), a turning point for the East India Company, to 1858, when the East India Company had to cede control to the British Crown. It details how the British acquired territories by sly and dishonourable treaties and how their rule led to extremely large-scale economic exploitation. It painstakingly traces the history of the deliberate destruction of Indian industry and the plundering that went on under the guise of development.

Pandit Sunderlal was an eminent Gandhian and freedom fighter.

18th March 1929
First published
1,700 copies sold in 4 days

22nd March 1929
Banned by British Government

13th November 1937
Ban lifted; 2nd edition published
10,000 copies sold

3rd edition published by Publications Division, Government of India, in two volumes

4th edition published

1970 & 1972
The two books published by Popular Prakashan

January 2018
How India Lost Her Freedom published by SAGE

July 2018
British Rule in India hits the stores once again

Note: Now this ISBN-9780856550676 has a new identity.
SAGE Publications; August 2018
548 pages; ISBN 9789352808038
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Title: British Rule in India
Author: Pandit Sunderlal
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