William Dalrymple with Fergal Keane: Rapacity and Excess in Imperial India
In the hands of William Dalrymple, history becomes a rip-roaring, rollicking adventure; the reader embarking on a visceral odyssey into the subject thanks to Dalrymple’s glorious gift for storytelling and his eye for detail.
In The Anarchy, the Delhi-based writer has turned his hand to a study of corporate greed in Imperial India, with the rise to prominence of the East India Company. This, according to Dalrymple, was aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. Within the space of four decades the East India Company had assembled a security force of more than 200,000 people – twice the size of the British army – and had subdued an entire continent.
In this event the celebrated Scottish writer talks to BBC special correspondent Fergal Keane about India’s turbulent history under imperial rule.
Event supported by Binks Trust