28 January, 2021

Tipu’s Sringeri Foray

This clear-sighted book ties major strands of south Indian history to modern times

Tipu’s Sringeri Foray
outlookindia.com
2019-02-01T10:29:24+05:30

Rajmohan Gandhi’s book could not have been timed better.  The idea of south India as a distinct socio-territorial entity has a longer history, but has become more visible in recent political imaginations, with a growing perception by the Union government. Amidst such stirrings, Rajmohan Gandhi‘s book traces the history of the region since the fall of the Vijayanagara empire with entry of the Dutch, British and the French East India companies.

Anchoring the early narration aro­und the evolution of operations of the Bri­tish East India Company in the south, Gan­dhi, much like William Darlymple in his White Mughals, maps the shift in native-colonial relations from being marked by interactions on equal terms to one tinged with racial markings as the company established political con­trol. Moving on to the late colonial and then to post-colonial developments, the book ends with short com­me­ntaries on latest events, the rise of the Hindu right-wing forces in particular.

Along the way, Modern South...

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