India through American Eyes: 100 years ago
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edited by Pran Nevile
Retired diplomat and UNCTAD Adviser
This volume presents a rare collection of writings by Americans on early twentieth century India. Culled from ASIA: The American Magazine on the Orient (1901-46), the articles in this volume encompass a range of subjects: nautch girls and snake charmers; issues of caste and class in Indian society; faith and folklore, and Christianity and Hinduism; politics of the British Raj and Gandhi and his strategies of non-violence and civil disobedience. Not connected in any way with the British imperial network, the authors of these articles bring independent ideas and some fresh insight to bear upon their accounts. Taken together, these articles provide significant historical perspectives by persons who visited India long before the first wave of Americans scholars arrived in post-independence India.