Author: Harriet Ronken Lynton
Publisher: Orient Longman/Disha
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 86311 425 3
A scholarly, evocative biography of Nawab Sir Salar Jung, one of India' most outstanding statesmen of the nineteenth century and Prime Minister of Hyderabad.
It concentrates on his relations with the British and is written from Salar Jung's point of view. It looks a ho this able, cultured, progressive Indian administrator struggled with the ever-tightening manipulations of British power as they impacted on his State. What emerges is a revealing case study of British colonial administration with themes relevant also for today.
Archival source material and historical fact are sensitively interwoven with stories and anecdotes to create an authoritative and unforgettable portrait of Salar Jung.
Salar Jung has passed into history, a history which every Hyderbadi ought to remember. And Harriet Lynton's story is a good way to do it. - The Times of India
Lynton does allow herself to intrude on her truly engrossing material.. Her diligently researched documents speak for themselves. The book is as hard to fault - ma'ashallah! - as a Hyderbadi meal. - Indian Express
A compelling and yet sad book, though unlike the British who surrounded him, the Nawab emerges as someone who deserves his pace in history, whose trust was noble but tragically misplaced. - Deccan Herald