The Picture of India; Geographical, Historical & Descriptive Volume 2

The Picture of India; Geographical, Historical & Descriptive Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...have existed so long; and the other have contended, as uniformly, that there can be no good for the people of India, unless they be ruled by the laws, and nurtered in the manners of Europe. Both are wrong; the permanence of customs is demonstration that. they are bad, --that they destroy that spirit of emulation and enterprize by which alone a people can become great; and as man is, in all countries, the child of circumstances, and can be changed only by the gradual change of these, it follows, that the instant application of the laws and manners of England would have no more tendency to improve the condition of the people of India, than the instant applicas tion of the laws and manners of India would have to improve the people of England. We are apt to overlook this dependence of mankind upon circumstances for all the difference which exist between them--for even the susceptibility of being changed by education. They must absolutely be taught into tractableness; and those who have noticed the vastly greater difference that there is in getting an ignorant man to give up a prejudice, than there is in getting an informed one to alter an opinion, do not need to be told how very futile it is to attempt improving a people, who are very ignorant, by any thing that is contrary to their prejudices. Unfortunately, that has been too much the case with the British in India; and the mischief of which it has been productive has been proportionally great. The population of India is immense. The amount of it cannot, of course, be known with anything like accuracy; but the following is probably as near an approximation as can be made. The Bengal presidency, --58,000,000 The Madras presidency, --16,000,000 The Bombay presidency, --11,000,000 Totashow more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804414
  • 9781236804419