chapter  6
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THE GIFT OF FREEDOM

In 1885 the Indian subcontinent was a valued dependancy of the British Crown and looked likely to remain such for an indefinite period, certainly for a longer time than any Indians or Britons of that era could imagine. Seventy years later the subcontinent was free and the Indian Empire a fading memory. Explaining this turnaround constitutes the central problematic of modern Indian (and Pakistani) history.