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This chapter focuses on the testimony of two men: James Mill and James Tod. Mill, the noted liberal thinker and author of The History of British India, represents the position polar opposite to Tod's within the contemporary intellectual context, and specifically within the debate over Company governance. Mill's testimony well captures the assimilationist, liberal view of the governance of the colonial territories. Tod's position, contained a sharp critique of the current state of British governance that was quite similar to Mill's. The chapter argues that Mill and Tod, are both harshly critical of the current state of British administration in India, and both see the security of the empire as the ultimate reason to arrive at a program of good governance in India. Tod felt that the practice of stationing sepoys of the Rājpūt caste in Rajasthan, would endanger their allegiance to the British.

Keywords: James Mill; James Tod; Rājpūt



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