Rebels against the British Raj

Indian historian Ramachandra Guha chronicled the lives of five Brits and two Americans as they migrated to India during British rule and joined sides with Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom movement. These seven extraordinary souls helped transform India’s narrative so it could complete its victory lap: Annie Besant, Samuel Stokes, Mira Behn, B.G. Horniman, Catherine Mary Heilemann, Dick Keithahn, Philip Spratt.

Arriving with mostly Christian roots, they embraced Indian culture and Gandhism. Guha also shows how Indian leaders embraced these allies with deeper ties than themselves, especially since they blended in seamlessly. India’s foreign freedom fighters were hardly known and deserve to be honored for their historical achievement. Great book about India and changing the world inside-out. Link