Srinath Raghavan is Senior Research Fellow at the India Institute, King's College London. He is the author of the highly praised 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh. He spent six years as an infantry officer in the Indian Army.
Authoritative, expansive and incisive...helps restore India to the global 20th century -- Sunil Khilnani Absorbing and important...rational and detailed -- Philip Hensher * Spectator * An important story...Raghavan's splendid history is a reminder not just of India's historic contribution to the defeat of fascism, but also its geopolitical potential throughout the Indo-Pacific. -- Shashank Joshi * Financial Times * Raghavan's study fulfils his mission in presenting readers with intertwined narratives of military campaigns, international strategies, and the rise of the freedom struggle that was to determine the future of the subcontinent. -- Aamer Hussein * The Independent * Contains...enormous scope and a great depth of detail. -- Nigel Collett * The Diplomat * A highly readable account of one of the more complex - and ignored - phase of World War II, one that even briefly threatened the U.S.-British alliance. -- Joseph C. Goulden * The Washington Times * Raghavan excels in explaining exactly what went on behind the lines...his narrative of the military campaigns is ample reward. Exemplary and enthralling. -- John Keay * Literary Review * A book that has unearthed a lot of interesting and generally unfamiliar material. Unusually for this subject, it had no particular axe to grind or point to prove. -- Philip Hensher * Spectator * I hugely admired Srinath Raghavan's India's War; his energy and rigour told a story only familiar (to most of us) in patches. -- Philip Hensher * Guardian * Raghavan's panoramic book deserves the accolades that it is receiving as the most comprehensive account of the subcontinent's experiences in the second world war...Raghavan has unearthed much new detail and displays a masterful grasp of the interplay between wartime diplomacy, economics and military events. * Financial Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR *