Insurgent Empire

Neat review of Priyamvada Gopal’s book Insurgent Empire in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies by Dinyar Patel [citation below]

Gopal frames this period as just a prelude to truly sustained and productive co-operation between colonial subjects and British anti-imperialists in the inter-war period, but such alliances had already blossomed in significant ways. By 1900, black activists were listening to Indian nationalists at London Indian Society meetings and Indians were involved in planning the first Pan-African Conference. These colonised subjects also forged wide-ranging ties with Irish nationalists and British radicals.
Saklatvala’s and Padmore’s calls for working-class solidarity with colonised subjects were enunciated as early as 1885 when, on the heels of the Third Reform Act, Lalmohan Ghosh, the first-ever Indian to stand as a candidate for parliament, appealed to newly enfranchised labourers and Irishmen in London. Gopal pays limited attention to Henry Hyndman—a far more complex individual than has been advanced in scholarly literature—although Hyndman is an apt case study of a Briton influenced and radicalised by Indian nationalist thought.

Dinyar Patel (2020): Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British
Dissent, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2020.1777369

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