It’s a “Thums-Up” From Manmohanji

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UVA scholar, author Harold Gould calls the book his “labor of love.”

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said it is the best thing he has read all year.

Critics have decided it is “vastly important…for desis, for all South Asians in America, to read and savor” (“It is their story; it is their history. It has never been told before—not so elaborately, so forcefully, or so compellingly.”).

And we think it will make the perfect holiday gift for the history buff on your list.

Now out in hardback, Sikhs, Swamis, Students and Spies: The India Lobby in the United States, 1900-1946 offers readers a look at the systemic racism early South Asian immigrants were forced to contend with. It considers the process of political awakening they went through in their struggle for civil rights here.

It is a relatively new-release, but has anyone read it yet? Let us know what you think.

( And PS: be sure to check back for an upcoming issue with Gould’s take on the Komagata Maru tragedy of 1914)

December 20, 2006
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  1. December 25, 2006, 6:24 pm AradhanaDevindra

    I recommend Vijay Persad’s book “the karma of brown folk” for anyone interested in looking past 1946….