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1857: The Company Memos

Empire? No, that was just a typo in the terms of the contract

1857: The Company Memos
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1857: The Company Memos
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How then, you ask, can every historian ever in India, Britain and elsewhere have been wrong. Well, ask them. But my guess is that they needed to agree on a language and then find enough disagreement, so they could get published and get university jobs. They then exploited their position to set exam papers we needed to pass so that we could get jobs. And so the spiral of lies winds on. History should never be left to employed historians; they have vested interest in the past. That project should be awarded to our captains of industry; if they can manage the future, why not the past.

In the hands of historians, truth has been a victim, and so have we. Think of all the damage their employment-led myths have done, of all the complexes they have induced. That we became slaves because we could not unite. Not unite? We were united as few ever have been. See how one part of the country after another quickly enough came to outsource to the same firm. Without even talking about it, we agreed; we achieved consensus without consultation.

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