The Wrath Of Imperialism : An Indian Woman Named Rukmani Essay

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The Wrath of Imperialism
“To think that imperialism is not a beast is to think that we are not animals.”-Karl Liebknecht. In the book Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya, an Indian woman named Rukmani tells the story of her life during a period of imperialism. Throughout the story, she suffers immense misfortune including loss of her land, a son, and traditional values. Many sufferings are caused by imperialism, as the British imperialize her village by building a tannery nearby her home. The book describes Rukmani’s negative feelings about imperialism and the character development of Rukmani throughout all this. The idea of imperialism is also seen in history around the 19th to 20th century. Europe, a highly modernized country, had a strong desire to grow their empire for many different reasons, including racism and economics. As a stronger country, Europe was able to imperialize weaker countries. The execution of imperialism reflects dominance rather than global progress because stronger countries are selfishly motivated to imperialize by taking advantage of developing countries for their own benefit and not for the benefit of the people they are controlling. This exhibits dominance because of the imperialists’ motivations to help only themselves, the imbalance in power dynamics, and the loss of the imperialized people’s land and traditional values.
Imperialists are motivated to imperialize countries weaker than their own in order to continue building a stronger…

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