In the end he was happy that an Indian coolie was killed by the elephant, because it gave him a good reason to shoot it. Actually he killed the elephant not because of the coolie, he killed it because he was afraid of looking like a fool in front of the natives. You may ask a question where the motive for this action comes from. Actually, this is how the oppressor becomes oppressed in imperialism. The situation which is described in the story shows us that motives for our actions do not depend on us all the time.
Indeed, Malaya was divided in the Malay States which were under indirect British rule as well as the Straits Settlements that were place under the authority of the British crown and the colonial office in London. The nine Malay States were ruled by monarchs or sultans until the British empire created the Federate Malaya State in 1895 after agreeing with four of these state leaders. Once again, the British benefitted of a strategic location in Southeast Asia that had natural resources and yet did not need require direct rule because local leaders were able to keep control while cooperating with the British colonial power making it once again an example of indirect colonialism. However, the other part of Malaya was made of the Straits Settlements originally administered by the East Indian company and which were later directly administered by the British Empire through the late 19th and mid 20th century as local Malaya leaders were replaced by British officials and pre-colonial institutions replaced by British structures. This happened because both economic and military interests were too much at stake in the Straits Settlements and therefore only direct rule could ensure the British interest in the region.
Nehru goes on to say that the old Indian industries in which they built their lives on were now being broken up. This was something that Nehru went to fight against with the British. That fight never truly stopped until India was free. However the saddening part of it all was they only were free because it was become a problem for the
Everyone wants something in their life. A new phone, new clothes, jewelry, toys, and other luxuries. But did you realize the price tag does not show the full price? “Saving The Worlds”, and “The Race to Save the Elephants” by Mary Kate Frank believes that because of our negligence and cupidity, animals and environments are the ones actually paying for your decisions. Mankind are incessantly ruining their lives by obliterating their habitats, overfishing, poaching, producing pollution, and other nefarious methods.
The aftermath is harsh for a colonizer who does not support or agree with the imperialist project because he is very likely to be treated as an enemy. He is never able to act upon what he wants and always has to be thinking how his actions will look to the natives or authorities instead. This is clearly discernible in the epitome of the officer and Daru, the main characters from the stories “Shooting an Elephant” and “The Guest” respectively, who neglect their own sentiments of what is right. So, in colonial situations, the colonized are not the only ones who lose freedom, but also the citizens of the colonizers, since they are obliged to go against their beliefs. Imperialism is a destructive institution that sparks off undesirable consequences for the oppressors themselves, in conjunction with dehumanizing the oppressed.
Additionally, colonial goods needed to be shipped to Britain and then re-exported after (Cameron and Neal, 2016). India, a colony of the British empire, had to abide by these laws, and the decline of Indian shipping ensued. Large British-owned merchant ships took over and the Indian-owned ships dwindled in numbers. Later, technological advances in the form of iron ships and the electric telegraph in the 1860s further boosted the British who, unlike the Indians, had access to the new technologies (Bayly, 1985). The Calico act was another mercantilist policy, established at the request of the woollen industry.
We have a multilingual and multicultural society. The idea of unity in diversity prevails in India but with this diversity arise many issues. Casteism is one of the problems that India has been facing for centuries now. Millions of Indians are still denied a life with dignity and equality just because of their caste. Although Caste has lost its former hegemonic position but it is still rampant.
“Gandhi was the worst” yells one of my peers, upon further questioning about the reasons of this hatred, they say, “Have you heard about his absurd practices with sexuality in his home”. The person we’re talking about here is Mohandas Gandhi, who is described as the reason of India’s freedom against British rule, a symbol of peace to the world and one of the most influential people to have ever walked on the face of the earth. Yet in this situation he is criticized because in spite of being flawless in the public sphere he has been accused of performing heinous things in the private domain. Nadine Gordimer in ‘My Son’s Story’ talks about a teacher ‘Sonny’ who becomes a political activist in the South-African war against apartheid and in this transition begins an extra-marital affair that tears his picture-perfect family of four apart. An important theme in the book is the fine line that exists between the public and private life of any community figure and to try and pinpoint where this demarcation lies.
All this they spread into their India colony during the long years of their hegemony. Where they were deficient they forced others to be so too, only they were valid however riddled with weaknesses and evils, others had no validity and would be forced onto the same path. Their own hyper fluid, pathologically feverish and ever changing society would be forced onto others and their weaknesses made to seem like
When the term reservation is taken in our country, the term ‘caste’ automatically comes into light as these have been interlinked in our democratic country. This was a major judgment on the reservation policy prevailing in India and it gave a pathway to future judgments too. But a question still remains unanswered that many policies are made by the policy makers and the courts also have laid down policies that are in the interest of people, still there are people who are not even aware of the benefits the government confers them and many policies are not implemented with ease in this country. Nevertheless reservation policy in India has benefitted many people in their upliftment but no doubt it has also been a black patch on those castes to whom reservation is given as it has become a general understanding of those who call themselves ‘elite’ class that these are downtrodden from the society as well their minds. But I strongly condemn this statement as because the reality is something else though these ‘elite’ class accept it or not.