The wider streaks of Anglophilia, historically!

The aim of this writing is not a paraphrasing on Anglophilia. However, since this theme has been touched upon, I will try to mention a few things more.

I had written commentaries on two books of the English Colonial period, pertaining to a small kingdom in the southern-most end of the South Asian peninsular region. Currently this kingdom is occupied by India.  The books are Travancore State Manual written by a native historian (V Nagam Iyya), and Native Life in Travancore written by REV Samuel Mateers of the London Missionary Society. Both books belong to the commencing years of the 1900s.

I do not belong to Travancore. I think I was interested in the sociological aspects of the populations therein.  However, when I went for reading the first book, a very ferocious input that struck me was the very evident pro-England stance of the most prominent personality in the book. That was the king (Marthanda Varma) who created the modern kingdom therein.

I am simply inputting the quotes from the book here:

  1. In 1750 A.D. the French attempted to form a settlement at Colachel. It does not appear that they were successful. In the next year the Rajah of Travancore wrote to the King of Colastria ‘advising him not to put any confidence in the French, but to assist the English as much as he could’”.
  2. On his deathbed, this is the advice given by the king to the heir to the throne:

“That, above all, the friendship existing between the English East India Company and Travancore should be maintained at any risk, and that full confidence should always be placed in the support and aid of that honourable association.”

  1. The two armies met near Calacaud and after a very hot engagement the army of Maphuze Khan was put to flight. But the Travancore army, however, retired home to avoid causing offence to the English Company.

In the same history, there is another remarkable event. The queen of the kingdom asking an English East India Company official (Col Munro) to become the divan (Prime Minister) of the kingdom.

QUOTE: Rani wrote that “there was no person in Travancore that she wished to elevate to the office of Dewan and that her own wishes were that the Resident should superintend the affairs of the country as she had a degree of confidence in his justice, judgement and integrity which she could not place in the conduct of any other person” END OF QUOTE

The fear of treacherous usurping of power is there as an undercurrent in the subcontinent since times immemorial. It is there in the history of how Sultan Tipu’s father (a Moroccan) became a king.  It is there in the history of all kingdoms including that of the Mugal kings and of the kings of the Slave dynasty of Delhi.

However, there was a Lucifer in the offing in England, arriving to negate all this trust.

Many years ago, I simply did a search for the word: ENGLISH in a pdf book of Mein Kampf. I had expected a torrent of profanities on the English from Adolf Hitler. It was a big surprise that Hitler had the feel of an anglophile. For throughout the book, there is a grudging admiration for the English. How it later changed into a mood for conquest of England is not a mystery to me.  There would be ample codes in the German language to do that.

I remember reading somewhere many years ago, the frank admiration that Bismarck had for England, while he had a brooding disdain for the French.  I think he did say something to the effect: The friendship of France will not compensate for the displeasure of England. (I write from my memory).

Then what about Napoleon? In-spite of all his ambitions on England, when he was in dire straits, he dared to approach only a British ship. If he had done the same with anyone else, including the Prussians and the Russian, it goes without saying that he would have been beaten into a pulp then and there.

Remember what happened to Mussolini.


If Hitler had been surrounded by an English army, he would not have committed suicide. If Napoleon had been surrounded by a Russian army, he would have committed suicide.

A note: Non-English world is an entirely different world. If policymakers do not know the ingredient of this contention, they are literally walking blindfold, taking the English nation to its doom.


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