Acclaimed author , former UN Diplomat and three – time Congress Lok Sabha MP From Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Shashi Tharoor, has bagged the prestigious 2019 Sahitya Akademi Award for his masterpiece book – An Era of Darkness- The British Empire in India . The book was slotted in the non- fiction category.
The book is about the British colonial rule in India . Published in 2016 it was acclaimed globally. In this explosive book (excerpt from the book says ) , bestselling author Shashi Tharoor reveals with acuity, impeccable research, and trademark wit, just how disastrous British rule was for India. Besides examining the many ways in which the colonizers exploited India, ranging from the drain of national resources to Britain, the destruction of the Indian textile, steel-making and shipping industries, and the negative transformation of agriculture, he demolishes the arguments of Western and Indian apologists for Empire on the supposed benefits of British rule, including democracy and political freedom, the rule of law, and the railways.
The award comes with an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque for Rs 1 lakh. The awards will be presented at a function on February 25, 2020 in New Delhi.
A best selling author, Tharoor’s, latest book is the riveting – The Hindu Way – An Introduction to Hinduism. Last year , Tharoor came out with an engaging book – The Paradoxical Prime Minister – Narendra Modi and His India .