The Case That Shook the Empire by Raghu Palat & Pushpa Palat | Book Review

Title: The Case That Shook the Empire

Author: Raghu Palat & Pushpa Palat

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Published: August, 2019

Rating: 4.5/5


The thrilling story of how one Indian fought for the rights of millions living under the British rule and gave crucial impetus to the Independence movement in India.
The Case That Shook the Empire reveals, for the very first time, the real details of the fateful case that marked the defining moment in India’s struggle for Independence.


The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April 1919 when Acting Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered troops of the British Indian Army to fire their rifles into a crowd of unarmed civilians in Jallianwala Bagh. This incident changed the course of indian history and the whole nation witnessed the cruelty of British empire. Although, it still took another three decades before India became independent, but this incident made a path that led only in one direction, and that is—Freedom.

Till now, I have just read about this horrific incident in our history books or heard it from my grandparents, but this book highlighted the facts that I never knew. This book resolves around Jallianwalan bagh Massacre and more importantly about the legal and political dealing of the situation.

The book is excellently written, it is fast-paced and will definitely give you goosebumps and make you weep. Also, reading about sir Nair will definitely inspire you. The book becomes more interesting when we get to read different perspectives of Nair and Gandhi over the incident.

Overall, this was an informative read and it has become the center of political and humanitarian importance.

About the Author:
Raghu Palat is a banker, consultant, writer and teacher. He has worked for Vallance Lodge & Company, Deloitte and Company and Alpine (Double Glazing) in London. In India, he was a senior director at American Express and the country manager for Bank Internasional Indonesia. He has been a director on the boards of Century Textiles and Lupin Ltd., and he is currently serving as an independent director on the boards of BOI Axa Trustee Services Private Ltd. and Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd.
Pushpa Palat has been a writer for the over three decades and has written for The Times of India, Economic Times and Destination Traveller, among others.

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