I am reading R.K.Narayan’s selected non-fiction – “Writerly Life”. In an essay – “When India was a colony”, taken from his collection – “The world of the writer”, I found this interesting paragraph… this is the first time I am reading RKN writing about this particular issue of colnialism etc, which is responsible for my finding this paragraph interesting. Here it is:
“How did a little Island so far away maintain its authority over another country many times its size? It used to be said by political orators of those days that British Isles could be drowned out of sight if every Indian spat simultaneously in that direction. It was a David-Goliath ratio and British maintinaed its authority for nearly two centuries. How was the feat achieved? Through a masterly organisation, which utilized Indians themselves to run the bureaucratic military machinery. Very much like the Kheddah operation in Mysore forests where wild elephants are hemmed in and driven in to stockades by trained ones. and then pushed and pummelled until they realize the advantages of remaining loyal and useful, in order to earn their ration of sugar cane and rice..”
– It made me re-think about my own views about this aspect….