The intention of this book is not so much to give a historical account of the past as to show how the British nation stands, and what there is for it to do in India now. On the one side we hear orators cry, "Crush! By the sword the empire was won, and by the sword it must be held." On the other, we hear men cry, in the name of holy freedom, "Retire: India for the Indians! Stand aside, and let the people of the country work out their own destiny!"