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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.
Clive needed to know the truth about the East India Company’s Resident at the court of Hyderabad, James Achilles Kirkpatrick.
India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat, she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms then.
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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