Here the author comments on how rarely European officials associate with the Indian people. Had government policy 'pointed to a greater encouragement of the higher Natives', he writes, 'we might have seen...a far greater portion of good morals, and the blessings we profess so earnestly to bestow upon the East, spread over our Indian empire.'
About The New Monthly Magazine
This article is entitled 'Sketches of India', and was written in 1824. It illustrates some of the cultural changes taking place in India at the time, due to the influence of the British. The author contrasts spectacular and exotic impressions of traditional Indian culture with descriptions of increasing levels of poverty amongst the Indian population, and of exploitation by British rulers.
The New Monthly Magazine was first published in 1821. It was primarily a literary journal, and it contained original prose and poetry, covering an array of subjects.