By Nirad C Chaudhuri
Anyone who needs to appreciate what has occurred in India within the 20th century politically and culturally needs to learn Nirad C. Chaudhuri. between her males of letters he's specific; for the fertility of his brain and the polymathic diversity of his pursuits, in addition to for the lucidity of his prose and his sheer integrity.— Geoffrey Moorhouse(Chaudhuri) has spent a life-time kicking opposed to the myths and shibboleths held by way of nearly all of his fellow countrymen: he has ridiculed the pacifism of Mahatma Gandhi...he has castigated Indian nationalism for being corrupt, selfseeking, and destructive... (he has) vented his spleen on the stupidity and philistinism of the British in India. His newest (book) is nearly one thousand pages lengthy. It testifies to (his) eloquence, wit, and highbrow brilliance that he can pass on at such size with no as soon as changing into a bore.— Ian Buruma, the recent York evaluate of Books
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Nobody travels along a road without knowing where it leads to. No captain of a ship sets out on a voyage without his charts and, while sailing, without taking his position every day. But nations travel through time without orienting themselves in it. Even if they perceive weaknesses and ailments in their condition they attribute it to passing disorders amenable to treatment, and cannot recognise that these may belong to the end of a life cycle. The really dangerous aspect of decadence in human communities is the insensibility to it which it always creates.
The first reason is that the reader has the right to know what kind of man is this writer who seems to claim a prophetic role for himself. As no fruit can be better than the tree, I am presenting myself quite frankly. Besides, whatever might be my qualifications to pose as a judge of contemporary events, in my personal life I may be an example to others, because my life is a striking instance of the survival of the unfittest. ’ Yet of his six sons, it is this son who, in the ultimate resort, has done best even in the worldly way.
There was also no hope to counteract my depression. I was prepared indeed to take up any kind of employment that might come in my way without being fastidious about the work or the salary. But I also knew how difficult it was for young Bengalis with even the highest academic qualifications to find any job whatever, without reference to his wishes or expectations, and my qualifications were only a second best. To make matters worse, the journey to Calcutta was the most unpleasant I have had in my life.
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