The shoe rule

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Magaly Guerrero

PHOTO PROMPT © Magaly Guerrero

In the first half of 19th century, 45 boys from Hindu College of Calcutta dressed in traditional  white muslin and English shoes walked in shyly to receive their prizes for performing well in English from Lord Auckland – the then Governor General of India.

Unused to such shoes they walked slowly and cautiously.

Indians were only allowed in the Government house hall without any footwear by the order of his predecessor. However, Lord Auckland had made this event an exception to the existing practice.

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.



34 thoughts on “The shoe rule

  1. Much that was repressive was wrapped in layers of bureaucracy and taught from one generation to another.

    Misguided missionaries of Empire actually believed in their superiority; this in turn led to more important issues that impinged on the culture and spirit of the indigenous people. What would North America be now if the original people had been left in peace and not invaded by Europeans with guns? The same can be said of all the continents infected by the colonizing madness that swept through the Middle-East, Asia, Africa and Australasia by the European powers and kingdoms of previous centuries.

    The lust for power and the exploitation of supposedly poor people has developed in various forms, and doubtless the proponents have justified their reasons by claiming to be saving souls and educating for the greater good, when it has all been a matter of making a profit – whether for the state or the individual.

    I applaud those who search to reveal the truth behind the tissues of fabrication and obfuscation that is the way of governments with their ‘official’ slant on things and desire to ‘fudge-the-isues’.

  2. What has always got to me about that period of history in India, and still does in certain places today, is the arrogance of outsiders going into another person’s country and treating the indigenous population as second class citizens in their own land. Your story says it all, and thank heavens for the enlightened few who show some respect for what amount to their hosts.

    • Yes, thanks to some of the enlightened Brits.

      Mostly, they came as traders to India that in human terms had a well developed economy and culture. Unfortunately, the Moghuls and minor rulers of smaller states allowed the Portuguese and then the British to rule its sea access and then its internal affairs.

      Thanks for the read and the feed back. :

  3. Fascinating. Much of what the Empire did was to systematically degrade and loot a country rich in wealth and heritage over a period of two hundred years.

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