Written by a senior Indian diplomat who until recently also served as Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, this book provides a unique and far-reaching exploration of the British Commonwealth and its impact since the second World War on the process of Britain adjusting to a world without Empire. What is its record of achievement? What are the benefits of membership to countries in terms of collective political influence, trade, investment, aid, travel and education? Can any practical good be gotten from this post-colonial organization? Britain, which brought the association into being and is central to it, would have to play a key part in determining its future. But in coming to such decisions, the British Government faces great problems of perception, both from the Monarchy and the British public.