Books by Roderick Matthews


So far I have written three full length books that have been published:

1. The Flaws in the Jewel: Challenging the Myths of British India (2010)

Kind reviews can be found here:

Times of India

Asian Age

The Hindu

Less kind here:

Folks Magazine


2. Jinnah vs. Gandhi (2012)

(Now available in paperback).

Kind reviews can be found here:


Black-and-White Fountain

Kashmir Despatch

And I am very proud of this: third para


Less kind here:

The Hindu

The Sunday Indian


And a stinker here.


3. The Great Indian Rope Trick: Does the Future of Democracy Lie with India? (2015).

There was a kind review in the Delhi Mail Today of 23 March 2015, but unfortunately I cannot find it on the web.

An initially grudging, but ultimately fair review here.


I have written two more. One is in the process of editing with HarperCollins and should appear next year (2016). The other is an examination of bias in Indian history. It was commissioned by a small British start-up, and was nearly completed when the company folded. It has yet to find another home. Parts of it are reproduced on various pages here.

This site is a sort of rolling, rough draft for a sixth.

You can buy a number of lengthy essays of mine at Amazon, in Kindle format.

I have also written reviews and articles for the Observer, Tribune, the Literary Review, the Independent on Sunday, the Times of India and The Week.

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  4 Responses to “Books by Roderick Matthews”

  1. Oh my god, a European “expert” discrediting the antiquity of the Indian culture, doing the bidding of his paymasters. How else would you have your “expert” articles published by the mainstream media. Well done.

    • Come on, you can do better than that. Do you really think I have a financial agenda here? And who said I was an expert? I’m just someone putting opinions out there.

      But a possible difference between me and you is that I didn’t think I knew what was true before I started reading.

      Indian culture is certainly ancient, but do you actually believe in vimana, Vedic nuclear weapons and the literal reality of the Mahabharata war?

  2. Your articles are as interesting and like Mr. Oak and others full of original thinking, nevertheless you also have an agenda and you also use the same technique and narrative to bash them. This is what is wrong with people who are not trained historians, it could be them or you.

    I am not a trained historian as I did not major in History but I have taken lessons from some of the best historians in India, namely Prof. Romila Thapar and Prof. Bipin Chandra and others from the history department of Jawaharlan Nehru. But they too were commissioned historians as Nehru had asked them to write secular and socialist history of India.

    Similarly, after Basham wrote “The Wonder that was India” Prof. Nurul Hussan commissioned Rizvi to write part II and Aga Khan Foundation paid the money for it.

    It would be interesting to read your analysis of the History of India written by the British Military Historians who were also commissioned writers. And why not on the Aryan Invasion Theory which now even Ms. Thappar accepts as defunct.

    Finally I have come to the conclusion that history does not repeat itself but historians do keep repeating each other.

    Perhaps this is why for me it is more interesting to read what you guys write rather than write my own history. Keep the good work up, it is both informative and amusing, more amusing than informative.

    • Hello Alok,

      thanks for reading.

      Thapar, Chandra are very much ‘Congress’ historians in my view. I’m not sure how many of the articles you have read here, but I do cover a number of other points of view. Aryan Invasion – no. but probably Aryan migration; Out of India – no, not viable. Somebody always pays historians in the end – except me; I have scarcely made a penny (averaged over time spent), which is why I can still retain some sort of independence, though you are not keen to allow it.

      The ‘military’ history of India is very much of its time, biased and limited, designed to justify rather more than to explain in the fullest context. My article on Akbar here touches on this. The whole ‘Rulers Of India’ series is sure to amuse you as much as what I write.

      I am looking for different sorts of patterns from academics or politically motivated writers. I write what I find.