The Jungle Book: Rudyard Kipling And India

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Name: Course: Tutor: Date: Rudyard Kipling and India Rudyard Kipling has written several fictional books which are basically founded on his experiences with the British in India and the rest of the world – colonization, the empire and British expansion. He has been described by Adams as “the Herodotus of the British empire” who was interested in almost all aspects of the empire, for example, buildings, the fod, and the people among other things. Among his fictional works include The Jungle Books which will for the basic of the arguments presented herein. The works of Kipling will be argued as Kipling’s perspectives of the British in India, especially the colonization, the empire and British expansion. Before Kipling made his debut in India…show more content…
For example, the British colonial administrators had to negotiate with the Tibetan authorities and the Bhotiyas regarding issues like taxation. In The Enlightenment of the Pagget, M.P., Kipling brings out an argument about the democracy in India – he is basically attacking the idea. The conversation between an administrator in India – Orde and a British member of parliament – Pagget, outlines the differences between the congress’ theoretical notion of India’s democracy and the real status of democracy in India. Apparently, Kipling seems to be preaching to the Anglo-Indians and the converted Indians – that is, the elite Indians with British education and religion. The Anglo-Indians in charge of the colonial India do believe in developing the natives and thus the rise of the elite. However, the congress in Britain is growing increasingly uncomfortable with this idea and suggests that it is better to suppress the views and feelings of the masses, or using a ‘firmer hand’ as the Member of Parliament put it (Kipling). Apparently, Kipling brings these arguments to fault the initiatives by the Anglo-Indian administrators and not to support…show more content…
It is arguable that Kipling does not represent the views of either the British or the Indians, and probably the Anglo-Indians regarding the empire, colonization, and the British expansion. He is a bit ‘liberal’ mainly because it is hard for him to identify with any of these groups of people. He was born in India, but he was not Indian, at least not in the eyes of the native Indians. He could not see himself as British, and the British could not see him as British either. The British in America saw him as Indian. With his identity not clear even to himself, he took an opportunity to argue his positions regarding the empire, colonization and the British expansion. He has been criticized as being an imperialist, and indeed he was. He has upheld the expansion of the empire and believed that it is the Duty of the British to colonize other people. He felt that the ways of the British were better and suitable to the Indians who were, in his eyes, primitive people whose wellbeing was hanging in the

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