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By Stephen Neill

This publication, a sequel to Bishop Neill's A historical past of Christianity in India: The Beginnings to 1707, strains its topic from the loss of life of Aurunzib to the so-called Indian Mutiny. The heritage of India considering 1498 is of an enormous war of words of cultures and religions. because 1757, the executive half during this disagreement has been performed by means of Britain; and the Christian missionary company, in particular on its academic aspect, has had an important function. This booklet depicts with admirable equity the entire a number of types of Christian religion that experience made touch with India. during this quantity, the Indian voice within the controversy starts basically to be heard. Bishop Neill had was hoping it'd be heard much more basically in a 3rd quantity tracing the tale to Independence in 1947 and the formation of the Church of South India during which he himself performed so famous a component. regrettably, he died sooner than he may possibly write it.

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It seems even at that date 16 India and Political Change, IJ 06-86 not to have been obvious to them that they must take on the responsibility of rule. The idea of a nominally Christian nation ruling over millions of Hindus and Muslims seemed wholly incongruous. Yet, without realising it, they were already launched on the road that led to supreme power. The first beginnings of English supremacy in Bengal were as unpropitious as could be. English servants of the Company found themselves in a position of power without responsibility; if it is true that power corrupts, it is even more certain that, of those who find themselves in a situation of power with no responsibilities attached, very few resist the temptations to unscrupulous cupidity to which they are exposed.

As early as 1782 the attention of the ministry had been directed to Charles, Earl Cornwallis, a soldier whose capitulation to the Americans at Yorktown, made inevitable through the faults of others, had not been allowed to tarnish his reputation or to interfere with his career. At the time of his appointment Cornwallis was forty-eight years of age, old enough to be well qualified by experience, but young enough to be willing to learn. A better choice could hardly have been made. Cornwallis' first and greatest asset was a reputation for perfect integrity, which was never questioned by anyone.

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