Fri, April 11, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
The evidence of Lord Mountbatten's part in the division of India continues to unfold, and with it the worldwide repercussions of the partition. Mountbatten played upon the fears of both Nehru and Jinnah as well as of the Americans that the Soviet Union not only might expand its influence on the subcontinent but also might establish control over the oil of the Middle East. When Mountbatten learned that the Indian National Congress would not join in the 'Great Game' against the Russians, he settNarendra Singh Sarila is (so we believe) the first maharaja ever to have visited the University of Texas. As a young head of a princely state, he was Mountbatten's military aide-de-camp in 1947. He has served as India's Ambassador to Spain, Libya, and France. He is the author of The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India's Partition, which became a bestseller in India after its publication last year.