Rudyard Kipling, Indian born, Victorian poet and Nobel prize winner of the early 20th century, whose writing shed light on his intellectual critique of the encroachment of Western liberalism on the Indian culture in the late 19th century, illustrates the perspective of a conservative mind. While Kipling was in support of a traditional form of imperialism such as is delicately described in this quote by Benjamin Disraeli, 1872:
“The issue is not a mean one. It is whether…you will be a great country- an Imperial country- a country where your sons, when they rise to paramount positions, and obtain not merely the esteem of their countrymen, but command the respect of the world,”
he was much less enthusiasm for the “new imperialism” (Western influenced liberal democracy) which was seeping into the fiber of traditional Indian government and culture.
Kipling’s views on government ran parallel with those of the Indian Civil Service, a small elite ultimately responsible for the major offices of Indian government. Government was understood to be despotic by its very nature with its function being to rule humanely over a static society, protecting citizens from criminals and adjudicating disputes. Government was not a force to promote change ...
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