Category Archives: Kipling, Rudyard

Dalrymple’s first encounter with the Mohammedan world

It was, he writes,

as a callow youth half a century ago. I recognised at once that it was very different from the world I had known, but it never crossed my mind for an instant that it ought to be made similar to or identical with my world.

Nor did it occur to Dalrymple that at least some of the people that he met

thought that my world ought to be made similar to or identical with theirs simply because they believed themselves in possession of a universal religious truth.

As far as the young Dalrymple was concerned,

east was still east and west was still west, and never the twain would clash.

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An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer Berkeley ‘crost the Bay!

O brave new world, That has such people in’t!

The latest mad orthodoxy

The current monomania, writes Dalrymple, is transsexualism. He notes that the National Association of Head Teachers

has issued guidance (the kind that communist dictators used to issue when they visited locomotive repair workshops or sausage factories, their words of wisdom on every subject being taken down by scribes), to the effect that there should be books in all schools for children under the age of 11 about ‘transgender’ parents, and that ‘trans people, their issues and experiences’, should be ‘celebrated across the school’.

It raises the question, says Dalrymple,

of how one celebrates transsexualism: dancing round a maypole hung with packets of oestrogen or testosterone?

 

The superiority of the East and its inhabitants, especially its womenfolk

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Dalrymple on The Road to Mandalay and other Kipling ballads