India for the Indians--and for England

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Talbot brothers, 1885 - 261 pages
 

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Page 16 - If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant I should point to India.
Page 12 - Had this not been the case, had not such prohibitory duties and decrees existed, the mills of Paisley and Manchester would have been stopped in their outset, and could scarcely have been again set in motion, even by the power of steam. They were created by the sacrifice of the Indian manufacture.
Page 12 - It was stated in evidence (1S13) that the cotton and silk goods of India up to the period could be sold for a profit in the British market at a price from 50 to 60 per cent, lower than those fabricated in England.
Page 16 - And if I were to ask myself from what literature we, here in Europe, we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of one Semitic race, the Jewish may draw that corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human, a life, not for this life only, but a transfigured and eternal life again I should point to India.
Page ix - as it is possible to change the Indian Fiscal system, it is desirable that the cultivator should pay a smaller proportion of the whole national charge. It is not in itself a thrifty policy to draw the mass of revenue from the rural districts, where capital is scarce, sparing the towns where it is often redundant and runs to waste in luxury. The injury is exaggerated in the case of India where so much of the revenue is exported without a direct equivalent...
Page vii - To trade with civilized men is infinitely more profitable than to govern savages. That would, indeed, be a doting wisdom, which in order that India might remain a dependency, would make it an useless and costly dependency, which would keep a hundred millions of men from being our customers in order that they might continue to be our slaves.
Page 11 - I do not exactly know what is meant by civilizing the people of India. In the theory and practice of good government they may be deficient ; but if a good system of agriculture if unrivalled manufactures if a capacity to produce what convenience or luxury demands if the establishment of schools for reading and writing if the general practice of kindness and hospitality and above all, if a scrupulous respect and delicacy towards the female sex are amongst the...
Page vii - It would be, on the most selfish view of the case, far better for us that the people of India were well governed and independent of us, than ill governed and subject to us ; that they were ruled by their own kings, but wearing our broadcloth, and working with our cutlery, than that they were performing their salaams to English collectors and English magistrates, but were too ignorant to value, or too poor to buy, English manufactures.
Page 202 - And should the day come when India shall be threatened by an external enemy, or when the interests of England elsewhere may require that her Eastern Empire shall incur more than ordinary risk, one of our best mainstays will be found in these Native States.
Page 12 - British goods were forced upon her without paying any duty ; and the foreign manufacturer employed the arm of political injustice to keep down and ultimately strangle a competitor with whom he could not have contended on equal terms".2 The enormous increase in the- exports of British manufacturers to India after 1813, when.

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