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The Travels and Perspective of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan
Chris Keefeon 8 October 2011
Transcript of The Travels and Perspective of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan
and why By Michael Keefe From the 1750s they began to wage war on land in eastern and south-eastern India and to reap the reward of successful warfare, which was the exercise of political power (Marshall, Professor Peter. "British India and the 'Great Rebellion") The British were a trading presence at certain points along the coast. (Marshall, Professor Peter. "The British Presence in India in the 18th Century." ) The Mogul Empire was in a state of collapse by the 1720s. Other European powers were competing for control in India, and sought alliances with the shaky states that inherited the Mogul territories. (McNamara, Robert) The East India Company gradually strengthened its hold, even instituting a court system. British citizens began building an "Anglo-Indian" society within India, and English customs were adapted to the climate of India.
(McNamara, Robert) Resentment toward the British had been building for some time, and new policies which allowed the British to annex some areas of India exacerbated tensions. By early 1857 things had reached a breaking point. (McNamara, Robert) Because of the nature of British presence in India;
it is not surprising to hear the negative views of the British specifically Perhaps it is in Mirza's personality to be at least somewhat neutral about his opinion. The British used India as a massive factory for profit,
and once the East India company had a grip on the people;
they were not willing to let go. The oppression of his people; or at least the growing amount of power the British held over his people; cound not have helped make a case for Mirza that the British were all good. He wrote his book as a way to give his people an idea of what it is like outside of India. He rebeled against the ideals of the Hindo religion popular to his people and instead went on an adventure to see the world. It wasn't as strange for him since it was a muslim custom to make a pligramage at least once in their lives. He was an Indian Muslim; a bit of a minority at the time He spent 3 years in England Worked for the British Army for several years; then decided to travel to England. He met with the king and queen; as well as several other high ranking dignataries. He much preferred France
over England Indian Culture British Culture Simple Peaceful Honest Religious Respecful According to Kahn Pro's Con's Honor Apprecaition of better things or people Law Abbiding Sense of Fashion
Mirza had a preference to high society Love of Technology Sincerity Good Judgement and Common Sense Very Hospitable Faith and Religion Pride Greed Lazy Mean Wasting Time Vain and Arrogance Selfish Chastitiy Extravagance "Contempt for customs of other nations" (Kahn) Always trying to improve quality of life for everyone Spend too much time anywhere and a person can find fault with it. No one is perfect; every society has its faults. He saw england the way he did because of his circumstance. Overall he was very objective; which
stemmed from the society he grew up in. Enjoyed the good life
His expierence with the Frenchman
could have been a fluke. All In All India is a land of many religions with its deep historical roots. It is the home to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, and has also given adequate space to migratory religions like Islam and Christianity. (Culture of India) The period from 1707AD, the year when Aurangzeb died, to 1857, the year of the Indian Uprising, saw the gradual increase of the European influence in India. (Culture of India) Eventually Abu Taleb reached London on 21 January 1800, and for the next two and a half years led a life devoted almost entirely to pleasure. He was very much a bon vivant and was lavishly entertained by the aristocracy, becoming something of a celebrity (Islam, Professor Sirajul) Much of Abu Taleb's account of England is understandably routine, aimed to give his compatriots an impression of its varied aspects. (Islam, Professor Sirajul) Whenever he went to Court (he was received by the king) or called on one of the Princes or a minister of state the press would report the event, invariably describing him as 'the Persian Prince'. (Islam, Professor Sirajul) Abu Taleb's comparisons of east and west are likely to be of particular interest to many, as they evince a mind capable of methodical and sustained argument. Interestingly, to give just one example, he argues that appearances to the contrary, Indian women enjoyed greater freedom than Englishwomen. (Islam, Professor Sirajul) The East India Company established its own army in India, which was composed of British troops as well as native soldiers called sepoys. (McNamara, Robert) In India; it is the social convention to be polite
and understanding In accordance with Hinduism;
the most prominant religion of the area
the people are encouraged to be
completly honest Their customs keep their lives uncomplicated Since their lives are simple;
life is more relaxing and stress free