Keeping the Jewel in the Crown
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When India achieved independence in 1947, Britain portrayed the transfer of power as the fulfilment of a historic obligation after decades of responsible planning. This book shatters the myth. Drawing on letters, diaries and state papers, it exposes a shameful catalogue of secret attempts by British politicians and Whitehall mandarins to arrest the development of Indian political institutions, and the tragic consequences of these bungled intrigues in the appalling loss of life that accompanied Partition.