Darkest India eBook

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2.  The Market Garden would employ a still larger number.  Bananas grow quickly in all parts of India, and with them we could make an immediate beginning, introducing from different districts the best species.  Sugar-cane and other popular native products would receive special attention, and where the European population in the neighbourhood was sufficiently numerous we could include the cultivation of such fruits and vegetables as would be liked by them.  In the case of seaport towns we should no doubt do a large business with the steamers in the harbour, as for instance, in Bombay, Colombo, or Calcutta.

3.  We should probably at an early period transfer some of the industrial brigades enumerated in Chapter VI to our Suburban Farm.  In doing this there would be several obvious advantages: 

  (a) We should have more elbow room for them on the Farm, than in the
      Labor Yards, where land would be so expensive that we should be
      obliged to crowd everything into the smallest possible compass,
      both in regard to work sheds and sleeping accommodation.

  (b) In removing them from the contaminating influences of city life,
      we should be able to exercise a more personal and powerful influence
      upon these members of the Submerged Tenth and should stand a far
      better chance of effectively carrying out that spiritual and moral
      regeneration, without which we reckon that any mere temporal
      reformation would be ineffective and evanescent.

  (c) We should prevent our labor yards from getting gorged, and would
      keep them within manageable dimensions.  At the same time that we
      should cope more effectively with all existing distress.

  (d) The Suburban Farm being closely connected with other portions of
      our Country Colony, we should be able to use the latter to relieve
      it in case of its becoming in turn overcrowded by the influx from
      the City.

  (e) It would thus form a natural stepping-stone to the Industrial
      Village, which we have next to describe.



For the Industrial Village we have already before our very eyes an admirable object lesson in the existing organisation and subdivision of an ordinary Indian village.  Indeed it is singular how precisely India has anticipated just what General Booth now proposes to introduce in civilized Europe.

The village community so familiar to all who have resided in India consists of an independent or rather interdependent, co-operative association which constitutes a miniature world of its own, producing its own food and manufacturing its own clothes, shoes, earthenware, pots, &c, with its own petty government to decide all matters affecting the general welfare of the little commonwealth.  Very wisely the British rulers

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