Thy Hand, Great Anarch!

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Thy Hand, Great Anarch!
Author Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Country England, India
Language English
Subject comparative - historical, cultural and sociological analysis of India and Britain
Genre autobiographical,non fiction
Publication date
Published in English
Media type book
Preceded byHinduism: A Religion to Live by (1979)
Followed byThree 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: [1]

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Written when Chaudhuri was in his 80s, this book provides a perspective to the Indian political scene from the 1920s to India's independence. The book covers the writer's working life in India, first as a clerk in the Military Accounts Department, then as an editor, writer and publicist. While as a clerk, he came across Arnold's Scholar Gypsy which inspired him to leave his secure government job and become a writer, which he thought was his calling. Although always a severe critic of Mahatma Gandhi, Chaudhuri shows a remarkable respect for the Mahatma when the latter led the masses in the Civil Disobedience Movement.

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  1. Editor: D. F. Theall. "The Dunciad: Book IV, 655-6". Representative Poetry Online. University of Toronto . Retrieved June 16, 2012.