chapter  7
The Indigo Planting Controversy, 1850-1860
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It is found in a thousand instances most difficult to improve the moral condition of a people whose social condition is extremely low, and hence Christian philanthropists in England, such as Lord Shaftesbury, aim at raising the physical and social condition of the poorer classes, whilst seeking to benefit them religiously, and we have thought that the poverty, distress, and unsettledness of mind, which the people complain


of in indigo districts, stand in the way of their moral improvement, and their attention to religion: to use an eastern proverb, 'An empty belly has no ears'.27