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Sudipta Sen

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Chapter 2: Colonial Aversions and Domestic Desires: Blood, Race, Sex and the Decline of Intimacy in Early British India

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Colonial Aversions and Domestic Desires: Blood, Race, Sex and the Decline of Intimacy in Early British India
Colonial aversions and domestic desires: Blood, race, sex and the decline of intimacy in early British India
SudiptaSen

Thomas Babington Macaulay, liberal reformer and polemicist, found eastern India populated by a class of subjects enervated by a soft climate who were weaker in character than other Asiatics, just as the Asiatics were weaker than the bold and energetic children of Europe. Comparing Bengalis to other Hindus, and Hindus to Europeans, he famously quipped:

…the physical organization of the Bengali is feeble even to effeminacy. He lives in a constant vapour-bath. His pursuits are sedentary, his limbs delicate, his movements languid. During many ages he has been trampled upon by men of ...

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