The “elite” of India after independence were largely those who had been collaborators of the British. The Thapar clan, including Karan and Romila Thapar, exemplifies that. The British rewarded collaborators who seized the properties of freedom fighters. We've been ruled by the sepoys.
“Born in 1855, Karan Thapar’s paternal grandfather was Diwan Bahadur Kunj Behari Thapar of Lahore. He belonged to a section of the Punjabi elite that came into new wealth as commission agents for the British.
Kunj Behari Thapar was also one of four people, including Umar Hayat Khan, Chaudhary Gajjan Singh, and Rai Bahadur Lal Chand, who donated Rs 1.75 lakh to the fund of Punjab governor Sir Michael O’Dwyer — the man who backed the actions of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Kunj Behari Thapar was also awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1920 for his loyalty.”
P Chidambaram's maternal grandfather Annamalai Chettiar got the following for valuable services rendered to the Crown: