|The Setting Sun|
Bill Moore-Gilbert arrived in Bombay (now Mumbai) for police training in 1938. He left India in 1948, on Independence Day. During those eight years, Bill tracked down criminals and dacoits. Increasingly, Bill and the rest of the Indian Police were tasked with arresting and disrupting the Indian Nationalist Movement. In Maharashtra, the province Bill was stationed in, this meant Bill was working against the Prati Sarkar, the Parallel Government. As Bart digs through the various archival collections in Mumbai, Satara, Kolhapur, and Ratnagiri, he finds disturbing hints that the fair-minded man who was his father may have participated in the violent repressions against nationalists and their potential accomplices.
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Bart is disheartened for most of his trip, until he fetches up in Ratnagiri. Ratnagiri was Bill's last posting in India before he retired from the police, got married, and moved to Tanganyika. The town is sweltering and its Hindu and Muslim citizens strictly segregate themselves. Strangely enough, it's in Ratnagiri that Bart starts to make peace with all the contradictions he's found in India. There's a portion of the book where Bart meditates on the fact that it took him much longer than other children to learn that his father was imperfect. The plane crash and Bill's early death froze him in Bart's memory. Now, he can finally see his father as a man and an equal.
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