The Case that Shook the Empire by Raghu Palat and Pushpa Palat

#blurb: 30 April 1924. At the Court of the King’s Bench in London, the highest court in the Empire, an English judge and jury heard the case that would change the course of India’s history: Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab – and architect of the infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre – had filed a defamation case against Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair for having published a book in which he referred to the atrocities committed by the Raj in Punjab.
The widely-reported trial – one of the longest in history – stunned a world that finally recognized some of the horrors being committed by the British in India.
Through reports of court proceedings along with a nuanced portrait of a complicated nationalist who believed in his principles above all else, The Case That Shook the Empire reveals, for the very first time, the real details of the fateful case that marked the defining moment in India’s struggle for Independence.

Authors: Raghu Palat and Pushpa Palat

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Pages: 200

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

There are many things about Indian history which are still unknown to us and this book throws light on some of those incidents. Everyone knows about the horrific Jallianwala Bagh Massacre but the events following it are still unfamiliar and have never been highlighted in our textbooks. Very few people know about the true extent of the horrors. I came to know about Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair after reading this amazing piece of literature which showcases how he fought against the British in the court of law when General O’Dwyer filed a defamation case for publishing a book named ‘Gandhi and Anarchy’ on the atrocities committed by the Bristish in Punjab. The beginning of the book throws a glance into the life of Sir Nair and his way of living. It also mentions the differences in views between Gandhi and Nair. Clearly a lot of research has been put behind this book and it doesn’t fail to impress you. The plight of the Indians during that period leaves you aggrieved and upset. Sir Nair is one of those people who fought for our country but remained an unsung hero. His thoughts and principles are inspiring, motivating and thought provoking. It is a must read if you want to know more about India’s history.

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