Question #130197. Asked by urbankheki.
Last updated Jul 03 2021.
Originally posted Mar 26 2013 12:05 PM.
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A consideration of Kipling's once popular poem "The White Man's Burden" affords the opportunity to note what is meant by describing Gandhi as a contrarian. Many contemporary students are shocked by Kipling's poem because they read it as the ultimate heresy, an expression of colonial prejudices that prove the evils of imperialism. Many see no place for such sentiments in the modern multicultural world. It is some what surprising then to learn that Gandhi defended the poem, arguing that it had "been very much misunderstood" and insisting that Kipling was not a racist. Because Gandhi did not consider Kipling a racist he was able to look beyond understanding "White Man" as a racial category to interpret the phrase "White Man's burden" to mean "civilization's burden."