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The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2015

William Dalrymple

Guardian

4th March, 2015

One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north Indiauntil the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain. To understand how and why it took root and flourished in so distant a landscape, one need only visit Powis Castle.

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