On John Stuart Mill

Adam Gopnik reviews a biography of John Stuart Mill by Richard Reeves; wherein, he refers to Mill’s work at East India Company, which I found interesting:

At the age of seventeen, he became a clerk at the East India Company, the private corporation that then ran India, and remained at its headquarters in London for thirty-five years, administering Indian affairs at a distance—a servant of British imperialism, but a benevolent kind. (When, later, the government tried to cut funds for Indian colonial colleges teaching Arabic and Sanskrit, Mill fought to keep the practice going, for fear of losing all contact with the élites. “Without knowing the language of a people, we never really know their thoughts, their feelings, and their type of character,” he wrote.)

Interesting piece; take a look!

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