This book is a fascinating and absorbing history of the India lobby in America during the pre-independence era-a little kwn chapter in the history of modern India. It documents the travails of early Indian migrants to North America and Canada from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the World War II. It captures their prolonged struggle for obtaining civil rights, and in promoting the cause of India's freedom beyond the borders of the subcontinent. Based on literature and insights drawn from t-easily-accessible sources, the book is interspersed with narratives and also provides biographical sketches of the key actors, both Indian and American. It examines their role in the origin and development of the India lobby in the US and Canada-in the face of determined racist opposition in both countries-and Britain's efforts to disrupt their attempts to organize themselves politically. Overall the author vividly documents the community's journey from the beginnings of politicization to the height of political lobbying during the World War II.
Harold A. Gould is a Visiting Professor in the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Virginia. Previous to that he was Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Washington University of St. Louis in 1959. Since going to India on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1954-1955, Dr Gould has made numerous research trips to India (with grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and the University of Illinois Research Board); he spent more than a total of ten years in the country spread over more than fifty years. His research and scholarly publications encompass every facet of Indian society and civilization that is relevant for a social scientist/social historian, including rural society, social stratification, local-level politics, electoral processes, and national and international politics.