Why is it in the news?
- India-born author Nandini Das wins the 2023 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding for her book ‘Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire’.
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About the Book
- Depiction: True origin story of Britain and India during England’s first diplomatic mission to the Mughal courts.
- Focus: Arrival of the first English ambassador in India, Sir Thomas Roe, in the early 17th century.
- Unique approach: Uses sources from both Indian and British figures, capturing the early encounters and the associated misunderstandings.
- Main Themes: Emergence of mutual understanding despite challenges; contrast between Britain and the Mughal Empire.
British Academy Book Prize Details
- Formerly known as Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize.
- Established in 2013.