McMurdo's Account of Sind (Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints)

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This book provides readers with a vivid picture of how South Asians were perceived by many in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century, as well as of life in Sindh under the Amirs, rulers of the region at that time. James McMurdo's description of Sindh and its inhabitants indicates the bias and prejudice of an imperialist viewpoint and the political ramifications of such perceptions. Reading McMurdo's words today, 150 years later, when much of the world's attention is once more focused on what were once the North-Western borders of Britain's South Asian empire, the book achieves a new relevance and may cause readers to ponder on the objectivity of the knowledge that underpins current policy making in relation to present day Afghanistan and its neighbors. When Charles Napier conquered Sindh in 1843, a section of British public opinion became critical of the resultant increase in military expenditure, and some voiced consternation over the harsh terms imposed on the amirs. The British government reacted by launching an adverse propaganda campaign aimed at depicting the amirs as being incapable and unworthy of looking after their own territories.

McMurdo's Account of Sind served to reinforce contemporary, negative stereotypes of Sindh's population in Britain, and thus fitted comfortably into the broad political canvas of its time. It also 'set the scene' and prepared the ground for the eventual conquest of Sindh.

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Relatively little is known about Captain James McMurdo who, as an army officer in the 1830s, spent time in Sindh carrying out "scientific" investigations into the Indus and the country's irrigation system. His Account of Sind, typical of the reports produced by other individual officers serving in the region at that time in one guise or another, can be classed as part of the a "propaganda campaign" conducted via "the printed word" which had characterised Britain's relationship with Sindh from the early nineteenth century onwards. Such reports were used to justify to the British public the policies behind annexation. In selecting which individual documents to include, which to exclude, and what to edit, the authorities in London presented an interpretation of events that was carefully adjusted to support their case. James McMurdo was also intensely interested in the history of the region. Apart from his official reports, he also published in academic journals linked to societies such as the Geographical Society and the Bombay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society before whom his paper on the History of the Kalhora Dynasty was presented and read in 1844.

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