White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple


 

White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century IndiaWhite Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa who converted to Islam and married her despite the opposition from both cultural sides.

Even being the British representative at the court of Nizam of Hyderabad, he also became a double agent, working for the Nizam against the East India Company.

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Clive needed to know the truth about the East India Company’s Resident at the court of Hyderabad, James Achilles Kirkpatrick.

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India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat, she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms then.

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India has perceived as a suitable venue for ruthless and profitable European expansion, where glory and fortunes could be acquired to the benefit of all concerned. It was a place to be changed and conquered, not a place to be changed or conquered by.

Some pictures of the British Residency at Hyderabad:

Original steel engraving drawn by Capt Grindlay, engraved by W. Miller. 1844:

Photograph of the British Residency in Hyderabad, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection, 1892:

 

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