The ‘double-crossing’ of France by the English-talking threesome of US, UK and Australia, whereby the old group plotted to undermine a rewarding submarine arrangement among Canberra and Paris, returned one to La Martiniere College, my school in Lucknow. Its French soldier of fortune organizer, Claude Martin, had deserted Dupleix’s finance and joined Robert Clive’s powers following the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle. Dupleix’s effective utilization of Indian warriors to overcome and charm other local adversaries was subsequently adjusted by the British as a predominant technique to govern India and shaped the beginning of the Indian armed force. (Read More)
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