By the late eighteenth century, the British had consolidated their power in Bengal. European missionaries attempted to convert natives and were not averse to making money on the side. Into this milieu arrived James Augustus Hicky, an Irishman. He established a newspaper called the Bengal Gazette, which exposed the underbelly of the early British empire. This book is historian Andrew Otis’s chronicle of Hicky’s efforts and the forces he came up against.
Westland, 334 pages, Rs 899