VRG Menon spent a lifetime haunted by the power of this report card and attempting to use other forms of capital he had to compensate for it. But Venu – Moo – also dwelled in a world where the report card’s errors became a running joke, and, its incapacity to tell a full story, a site where the porosities in colonial authority were always evident.
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Richard Drayton, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, Kings College London, on recent news that the British government has acknowledged the existence of a ‘secret archive’ from 37 former colonies, bought back to Britain after the colonies became independent
The British government has just revealed the existence of a large cache of extraordinarily sensitive colonial era archives which came to light as a result of a court case by Mau Mau veterans. Martin Plaut tells the story of Britain’s secret colonial files.