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Farthest Field

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War - Raghu Karnad

Raghu Karnad's Farthest Field covers a lot of territory for a short history, but for the most part he manages to make his story gripping and intimate by focusing on the stories of three young men of his own family. Their stories, like the stories of the British Indian Army's role in World War II, have been largely forgotten--caught, as he shows, in "the overlap of colonial rule and world war." The British would prefer to forget their colonial defeats, the Indians their role in defending the Empire. This book is an effort to reclaim those memories, familial and national, and Karnad's persuaded me of the importance of doing so.