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Eclipse of an Era

Mushirul Hasan

in A Moral Reckoning

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195691979
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195691979.003.0006
Eclipse of an Era

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This chapter describes the grandeur of British rule in India under whose bright light, the older order was eclipsed. The last decades of the nineteenth century saw India witness many vivid expressions of imperial grandeur, pageantry, and power (1887, 1903). In 1911, George V (1865–1936) was crowned king of England and Emperor of India. His Durbar in Delhi brought princely India and British India together in feudal pageantry which also saw the subordination of Indians. The chapter describes how C F Andrews witnessed the Durbar while Nazir Ahmad, who died on May 3, 1912, would have heard some people raising the cry ‘God Save the King Emperor’ in Shajahanabad's lanes and by-lanes. Muhammad Zakaullah died two years earlier, and so was not able to witness the curtain being drawn on another phase in India's turbulent history.

Keywords: imperial India; Delhi Durbar; Charles Freer Andrews; Muhammad Zakaullah; Nazir Ahmad; imperial pageantry; Shajahanabad; subordination of Indians; King Emperor; George V

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