I know we primarily talked about Rudyard Kipling at the beginning of the quarter, but I came across this quote of his the other day.
“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the
Hindu brown. For the Christian riles and the Hindu smiles
and weareth the Christian down ;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone while with the name of
the late deceased and the epitaph drear ,
‘A fool lies here who tried to hustle the east’ “.
I was surprised that he characterized those who tried to hustle the east as fools. His belief that it’s harmful towards “Christian’s health” to get involved in Indian’s affairs seems to oppose his argument in The White Man’s Burden, which says that despite the harm incurred from trying to help it’s worth the effort. He seems to be defending the Indian’s ability to resist the colonizing power in this quote. Any other interpretations?