One thing India has is diversity.
The west had nothing in common with Islam. Why would anyone exect Muslims to understand Kipling. Who cares if they do? Their criticism of anything western is perfectly irrelevant.
Thanks — this was good — took me back to college when I got into trouble for interpreting “the White Man’s Burden” along similar lines.
Unless I’m confused, Said (the main critic the author is defending against) does not present a specifically Muslim critique of Kipling.
He instead presents an essentially leftist critique, based on Leninist anti-imperialism, of what he popularized referring to as “Orientalism.”
An Islamist or truly Muslim critique would be made on quite different grounds.
BTW, I enjoyed the article, but can’t absolve Kipling of racism quite as thoroughly as the author. Kipling wrote the most appalling things at times. While he is certainly not the white supremacist cartoon he is generally seen as, his attitudes are close enough to it to be unacceptable in polite society today. Even mine.
Kipling is much more complex than a short essay can really discuss.
He's absolutely right, and I missed that. The poem is more brilliant than I thought. But it's strong stuffonly safe for those who believe that truth exists.
Meanwhile, speaking of imperialists, if everyone's so special that no people can write about another, what was a @#$%&* Egyptian like Said doing pontificating about Indians? (Oh, I see, as a Marxist who thinks he is above it all.)
I used to think Kipling was a prophet for his poem “Gods of the Copybook Headings.” Then I listened to “Liberal Fascism” and realized he was simply describing what was happening back then; it only sounded prophetic because the Progressive/Fascists have been pursuing the same objectives with amazing consistency since before the beginning of the 20th Century.
We took up the White Man's burden
Of ebony and brown.
Now can you tells us,Rudyard
How may we put it down?
Mastering all the nuances of caste, creed and etiquette may make for a good novel, but a good cigar is a smoke.