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: The Raj & Beyond.

  ‘Raj: kingdom, used in twentieth century chiefly to denote British rule in India from 1858 to 1947, hence rajah—ruler; and maharajah—great ruler.’ Set in the waning days of British colonialism, Burmese Days is ‘a portrait of the dark side of the British Raj.’ It describes ‘corruption and imperial bigotry’ in a society where, ‘after all, natives were natives—interesting, no doubt, but inferior people’. Then we shall turn to the classic prize-winning (Booker of Bookers) novel of