Criticism Of Imperial Liberalism

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The rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain led to dramatic change within many nations throughout the nineteenth century through the expansion of British Empire abroad, as well as other forms of encounters between British colonisers or conquerors and its vassal states. There has always, however, been a double aspect to such expansions. This gives clear attention to liberalism 's ability to negotiate difference in a context of empire and to inspire the audiences through the analysis of imperial rule. There are a series of arguments concerning the liberal critics of the British Empire. At a practical level, ‘liberal’ thought often refers to colonisation, trade and conquest in the form of multi-faceted transcultural and coexisting
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It generally refers to the ideas about rights of individual citizens, rights to representation, freedom from the government to practice religion, freedom of speech, and the rule of law. Liberalism, in fact, has two faces of nature. On the one hand, liberalism can be used to justify imperialism and the dispossession of Native Americans. Yet, on the other hand, liberalism can be potentially progressive, which means that the principle can be used as a critique of Empire in order to argue for the rights of the colonised people. In a sense, many scholars argue that liberalism in the context of Empire usually expresses more in a progressive manner. This is clearly evident in the case of Edmund Burke, a modern founder of political conservatism who uses liberalism to critique the very concept of Empire. Burke clearly illustrates a critique of the dangers of radical political change in India. Burke was recognised as a defender of ‘ancient principles’ who begun his criticisms and prosecutions of the rule of British India by the ‘East India Company’, in particular the Governor-General, Warren Hastings, in terms of a liberal attack on arbitrary power as he mentioned, “He have no arbitrary power!” along with the statement, “Arbitrary power…is a subversion of natural justice, a violation of the inherent rights of mankind.” This indicates Burke’s attempt to impeach and convict Hastings of …show more content…
Roy established this campaign with the purpose of defending the rights of women and the advancement of “humanitarian stands of justice.” Despite Roy’s attempt to reform Hinduism, it further laid the groundwork for what later becomes one of the main fluxes of Indian nationalism. The rise of national consciousness in India assists in urging importance of Indian national unity and pride; valuing collective identity based on ethnic, race, or culture origin, and significantly defines what it means to be Indian. Roy draws on the humanitarian potential of religion, as seen through Christian practices, to cement Hinduism in the changing times.

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