KartarLalvani, is a philanthropist, private scholar, historian and the founder-chairman of Viatobotics, has authored a book on positive influence of British rule on India and its role in unifying the largest democracy of the world.
His new book entitled “The Making of India: The Untold Story of British Enterprise” has attracted rave reviews for telling of the many positive aspects of the colonial rule that had been left untold.
In the preface Lalvani writes “Given the wealth of valuable original information he found during his research, it is surprising that the many positive aspects of colonial rule have remained hitherto untold”.
As a British Indian, he takes great pride in giving due recognition to the positive side of the imperial coin, that he discovers in a single volume of 432 pages. The Making of India follows the two centuries of British rule and its role in developing the infrastructure of the huge nation. The book explores how the first pioneers used girders for over 100,000 bridges, track for 73,000 km of railway and countless pieces of heavy machinery to begin building the world’s largest democracy.
The British former PM Tony Blair has called the book ‘absolutely excellent; informative, well argued and passionate. The book also contains the seeds of future Anglo Indian cooperation.
The book also quotes the former Indian PM Manmohan Singh when he in his 2005 speech at the Oxford University, has asserted that India’s experience with Britain had its beneficial consequences too. The book also quotes UK PM David Cameron stating in 2013 that ‘there is a lot to be proud of in what the British Empire did and celebrate it.
Born in Karachi in 1931, Mr. Lalvani moved to Mumbai in 1946 before partition and to London in 1956 to study pharmacy in Chelsea, before finishing his doctorate with distinction at the University of Bonn.