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By Clive Whitehead

This ebook explores the query of schooling within the British Empire and its debated interpretations: cultural imperialism or very important instruction for independence and nationhood. Clive Whitehead has introduced jointly those reviews of the lifestyles and paintings of top practitioners and covers over a hundred years as much as the tip of empire, the onset of independence, and past. He comprises either directors and academics at the flooring, like Sir Hans Vischer, Arthur Mayhew, Eric R. J. Hussey, Sir Christopher Cox, Frank Ward, Freda Gwilliam, and Margaret Mead.

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Men like Alfred Croft, Alexander Pedler, Henry Sharp, Alfred Bourne, Hugh Orange, Joseph Stone, Thomas Arnold and George Anderson spring readily to mind but it is a measure of the comparative lack of interest in the history of education in British India by contemporary educational historians that so few of them would readily recognise these names from the past or know of their achievements. To paraphrase Kipling, the Raj and its educational officials have long since departed from India. If we wish to know more about them we must search amongst the records and listen to their silent voices.

Fuller claimed that Booth’s control of his subordinates was very lax and capricious, and owing to an eccentric manner, which might have been excusable in a professor, his inspections of schools were alarming and confusing rather than instructive. Fuller claimed that he had been obliged to run education himself in Assam for the past two years. The Indian government sympathised with Fuller and Booth was sent back to Bengal as a school inspector. He retired a year later. In defence of Booth it should be said that he held office in Assam at a time of rapid educational expansion and because of overwork his health broke down while he was on tour in 1903.

Up to this point James’ actions in the matter had been conciliatory and correct. The investigative committee was chaired by James’ old advisary Sir Ashutosh Mukharji, and included both Hornell and James. The appointment of Mukharji and Hornell appears to have been the underlying reason for what followed. James still deeply resentful at having been supplanted by Hornell as DPI, went in a highly agitated state to P. C. Lyon, the Vice-President of the Governor’s executive council and the Member responsible for education, to protest against the inclusion of Mukharji and Hornell on the investigative committee.

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