chapter  11
Long, Missionaries and Orientalism
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We have had a sad day lately in the departure of Sir J. Lawrence, the friend of the people, and the protector of the masses against oppression, and we have now an Irish landlord as Governor [Lord Mayo], he may reverse his antecedents and further Sir John's policy regarding the ryots and Vernacular Education, or what we fear he may shelve them. It is to be hoped your Committee will present a cordial address to Sir J. for his line of policy - he has met the cold shoulder here in these points from Planters, Zamindars and Educated Natives. Surely Christian men ought to sympathise with the friend of the poor. 16

Had a long conversation with an intelligent Christian native this morning - could conceive that there is a considerable feeling of alienation between the catechists and Missionaries - fear that we Missionaries have stood too much alooffrom our Native Christian fellow labourers - Europeans are in danger of this in this country constantly - the feeling of jealousy is increasing and something must be done to check it. In my humble opinion our mode would be to train natives well and then trust them as fellow labourers. 27

The people of India have been too much depicted, or rather caricatured by foreigners who could not gauge the oriental mind, and who felt as conquerors that it served a purpose to blacken the people whom they had subdued - the result has been that deep prejudices have been roused against the Asiatic races. Thus in an otherwise good book, Wards Account of'the Hindus, the character of the Bengalis is drawn so darkly that many men rise from it with the feeling - 'What a set of brutes these Hindus are, they have only such good qualities as are common to quadrupeds'.:lu

The effect of all this out here is pernicious in the extreme. Educated natives have for years back been telling us that Christianity is dying out in Europe; the Brahmos in particular have boasted that the Christianity which we bring them is all but defunct at home, & that Brahmoism under other names is really the religion of the thoughtful & good at home, 'Why' say they, 'should you urge upon us a religion which your

own countrymen are discarding'. Now it wanted nothing more than the cordial reception who Kesub is receiving to confirm this impression. Kesub & his party are willing enough to interpret all the kind & incautious sympathy which they are receiving as an expression of positive approval of his views.