The establishment of the Indian National Congress in 1885 marked a
turning point in modern South Asian history. At the time, few
grasped the significance of the event, nor understood the power
that its leader would come to wield. From humble beginnings, the
Congress led by Gandhi would go on to spearhead India s fight for
independence from British rule: in 1947 it succeeded the British
Raj as the regional ruling power. Ian Copland provides both a
narrative and analysis of the process by which Indians and
Pakistanis emancipated themselves from the seemingly iron-clad yoke
of British imperialism. In so doing, he goes to the heart of what
sets modern India apart from most other countries in the region its
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