TOM PLATE WRITES – Indian MP and former high UN official Shashi Tharoor is easily one of the most graceful, intelligent and accessible writers well known to the public-policy world.

For my rupees, his 2012 book ‘Nehru: The Invention of India’ might well be the best short political biography in English somewhere standing on my sprawling, ineptly kept university-office bookshelves. His latest book — recently published by Aleph Book Company, already being proclaimed as “brilliant” – is ‘An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India’.

Shashi Tharoor – born in London and brought up in Bombay and Calcutta – has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Times of India, and Foreign Affairs. A human rights activist and winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize, he is currently a member of the Indian Parliament and lives in New Dehli, India.

MP Shashi Tharoor writes this about he consequences of Britain’s imperial past: “Britain destroyed India through looting, expropriation – and outright theft – all conducted in a spirit of deep racism and amoral cynicism.”

For more on his blistering critique of our colonialist past by a man who was once one of the world’s leading diplomats. see and hear some thoughts from Shashi Tharoor at:

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