A Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British by Preeti Chopra

By Preeti Chopra

It was once the period of the Raj, and but A Joint Enterprise unearths the unforeseen position of local groups within the transformation of the city textile of British Bombay from 1854 to 1918. Preeti Chopra demonstrates how British Bombay was once, unusually, a collaboration of the colonial executive and the Indian and eu mercantile and business elite who formed the town to serve their mixed interests.

Chopra indicates how the eu and Indian engineers, architects, and artists labored with one another to layout a city—its infrastructure, structure, public sculpture—that used to be actually developed by means of Indian employees and craftsmen. past the equipped surroundings, Indian philanthropists entered into partnerships with the colonial regime to chanced on and finance associations for most people. Too usually considered the made from the singular imaginative and prescient of a founding colonial regime, British Bombay is published through Chopra as an expression of local traditions meshing in complicated methods with eu principles of city making plans and progress.

The consequence, she argues, was once the production of a brand new shared panorama for Bombay’s electorate that ensured that neither the colonial executive nor the local elite may solely regulate the city’s future.

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