Colonialism In Philip Meadows Taylor's Confessions Of A Thug

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Nature has tremendous power of balancing & sustaining life. Literary artists reflect its darkness and brightness in their works. Romantics celebrated nature with its highest values. But for Thugs, nature is the context and setting for the hideous practice of making a balance between good and evil by killing millions of people in the name of the Goddess Kali. Thuggee was playing the prey and predator game in the lap of nature in early nineteenth century India. Colonial representation of India by the colonizers might be biased and one-sided which is questioned by Indian critics and colonial representations created partial views to this vital criminal activity like Thuggee. Nature has been used as a setting in the fictions on thuggee and the darkness of human nature as represented by Raj, a weapon for civilizing mission. These issues are discussed in this paper.

Among all the institutions that sought strict reformation under the colonial system, the institution of Thuggee popularly represented as banditry has remained a highly sensational and contentious practice in early nineteenth century India. Its birth as a literary subject with its celebrated place in English literature with the publication of Phillip Meadows Taylor’s Confessions of a Thug, has its genesis with the history of thugs and their fall in the year 1839 by W.H. Sleeman. It is quite interesting that the so
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Mother Nature was the only witness and proof of the cruel drama performed by the

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