Prof. Pramod K Nayar of the Department of English has published his new book, The Raj: A Journey through Ten Documents, from Bloomsbury.

A cultural history of the Raj through a reading of ten texts, from the Charter of the English East India Company through Holwell’s memoir of the ‘Black Hole’, Macaulay’s ‘Minute’ on Indian education, Sleeman’s account of the Thugs to Risley’s People of India, among others, the book is a peep into the ideologies and attitudes that shaped the British Empire. Excerpts from original documents are accompanied by a detailed commentary on each, signposting the context and text alike for significance, relevance and politics.

Prof. Pramod K Nayar

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Pramod K Nayar is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the English Association, and holds the UNESCO Chair in Vulnerability Studies in the Department of English. His most recent books include Nuclear Cultures (New York Routledge, 2023), Life/Writing (Orient BlackSwan 2022), Alzheimer’s Disease Memoirs (Springer 2022) and the 6-volume The Imperial Archives (Bloomsbury 2022).