|Author||Nirad C. Chaudhuri|
|Subject||comparative - historical, cultural and sociological analysis of India and Britain|
Published in English
|Preceded by||Hinduism: A Religion to Live by (1979)|
|Followed by||Three Horsemen of the New Apocalypse (1997)|
Thy Hand, Great Anarch! is a 1987 autobiographical sequel to Indian essayist Nirad C. Chaudhuri's The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian . Its title was inspired from the concluding couplet of Alexander Pope's The Dunciad which runs thus:
Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri, CBE was an Indian English-language writer.
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|“|| Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall;|
And universal Darkness buries All.
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