Comment On the Anglo-Indian’s attitude towards Indians in A passage to India
Ans. E.M. India in 1912-13 and in 1921 provided him with the knowledge and experience of the country and the people that were to form the basis of A Passage to India. While living in India and acting as the private secretary to the Rajah of Dewas state
senior, he had opportunities of seeing the Anglo-Indian
belonging to the British Imperial services, like the l.c.s., l.p.s.
1.M.s. These services could not be imagined without the evil of the
glamour of the self-assumed bureaucratic pose of dignity. Divested of it,
an official belonging to this cadre of services was not regarded a
success. They were directly under the control of the British Sec
of State of India and they were supposed to be above all Law. An
I.C.S. officer, often called as Burra Sahib, when a Collector, in charge
of a district was regarded as a demi-god, who embodied in him all the
authority and power, almost a person with super-human powers.
The attitude of the Anglo-Indians towards the natives Of India is
very mean. From the very beginning of the novel, we mark the English
consider themselves to be superior to the Indians in all respects. So
there is a wide gulf separating the Indians from the British.
Chandrapore is two towns, the native section, and the British Civil
Station. Forster notes the contrast: “The Civil Station shares nothing
with the city except the overarching sky”.
The English always look down upon the Indians as belonging to
an inferior race. This may be traced to the ill-treatment done to
them by his English boss, the Civil Surgeon, Mr. Callendar.
The episode of the bridge Park at the British also gives evidence
to the rude behavior of the Anglo-Indians toward the natives. The party
meant to bridge the gulf between the Britishers and the Indians but in
fact, it is a total failure, because the English are not interested in courtesies and talking to the Indians, whom they have into the Indian. lant example of an evil designed bureaucrat. His attitude quite clear when he says, “we’re out here to do just.&and keep the peaceintend to be pleasant We’ve something more important to do”.
The incidents of Aziz’s arrest and trial expose the Britishers’
malevolence and a vindictive attitude towards the Indians. Aziz is
arrested on a false charge of having tried to molest Miss Adela
Quested in one of the Marabar Caves. After this incident Mr. Turton
the district Collector opines that the English cannot be intimate with
the Indians socially. Mr. McBryde the superintendent of Police
believes that all the natives of India are criminals at heart.
Thus A Passage to India records the narrow mind and ill-will of
the Britishers to the natives of India.
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