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Title : The Story of Integration: A New Interpretation in the Context of the Democratic Movements in the Princely States of Mysore, Travancore and Cochin 1900-1947
Author : Vanaja Rangaswami
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9788194352112
Pages : 406
Year of Pub : 2020 ( 1st Published in 2021 )
Price : Rs 1,575.00
The Story of Integration of the Indian States by V.P. Menon was, actually, the concluding chapters of a story that began much earlier. It began as early as 1921 when the Indian National Congress entered the states arena with clear intentions of using the spontaneous, native, democratic movements
in the princely states towards their own objective of integration, without,
in turn, committing themselves to the states people’s own programmes
for ‘responsible government’. In this, the policy of the Indian nationalists towards the states’ people’s movement was dictated, not so much by the needs and aspirations of the states people, but, by their own necessities
to counter the machinations of the British Government which sought to counterpoise the princes against them. This study marks a new approach by treating the subject not as a mere projection of the national movement, nor as a study of the democratic movement in the princely states in isolation, but as an interaction of different elements – the states people, the states administration, the Indian nationalists and the British administrators – moving towards their different aims.
The spontaneous character of the movement in the states is brought out by going back to a period much earlier – the very beginning of the century – than 1921, the date of the entry of the Congress in the states. Again, the movements in the three ‘model’ states chosen for this study, Mysore, Travancore and Cochin, were typically illustrative of this character as it was in these three states neither ‘Congress inspired’ nor, as on the Political Department’s own noting, ‘sporadic’ but mor  ‘sustained’ than ‘elsewhere’.

About the Author

Vanaja Rangaswami obtained her Ph.D degree from the University of Delhi on which this book is based. She has made the princely states her special subject of research.


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