June 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

DAG, Fuller Bldg, 41East 57th Street, NYC.
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Tunku Varadarajan will engage Shashi Tharoor in a conversation about both books. It will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. " Inglorious Empire" will be available for sale.
Venue courtesy DAG
Inglorious Empire WHY I AM A HINDU
In the eighteenth century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalized racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial "gift"— from the railways to the rule of law—was designed in Britain’s interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India’s deindustrialization, and the destruction of its textile industry. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy.
In a profound re-examination of Hinduism, one of the world’s oldest and greatest religious traditions, India’s leading public intellectual, Shashi Tharoor, lays out Hinduism’s origins and its key philosophical concepts, major texts and everyday Hindu beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage to caste.

Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of extremism and unequivocal in his belief that what makes India a distinctive nation with a unique culture will be imperiled if Hindu "fundamentalists"— the proponents of "Hindutva," or politicized Hinduism—seize the high ground. In his view, it is precisely because Hindus form the majority that India has survived as a plural, secular democracy. A book that will be read and debated now and in the future, Why I Am a Hindu, written in Tharoor's captivating prose, is a revelatory and original contribution to our understanding of the role of religion in society and politics.

"Tharoor convincingly demolishes some of the more persistent myths about Britain's supposedly civilizing mission in India _ [he] charts the destruction of pre-colonial systems of government by the British and their ubiquitous ledgers and rule books." —Victor Mallet, Financial Times

"A welcome antidote to the nauseating righteousness and condescension peddled by Niall Ferguson in his 2003 book Empire."—The Irish Times
Praise for WHY I AM A HINDU

"Shashi Tharoor is the most charming and persuasive writer in India. His new book is a brave and characteristically articulate attempt to save a great and wonderfully elusive religion from the certainties of the fundamentalists and the politicization of the bigots."—William Dalrymple

"A profound book on one of the world’s oldest and greatest religions."—Hindustan Times
Shashi TharoorShashi Tharoor served for twenty-nine years at the UN, culminating as Under- Secretary-General. He is a Congress MP in India, the author of fourteen previous books, and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow.
Tunku VaradarajanTunku Varadarajan is a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Formerly, he was editor of Newsweek International and the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal. Born in India, he is a British citizen.
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